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Education and Social Rehabilitation

Rationale:Acre is a mixed Jewish Arab city in the north of the country on the bay of Haifa, it is best known due to its wall, and its ancient harbor and historical sites. The old city is full of historical places. It is populated by about 50000 inhabitants, where about 18% are Arabs mostly internally displaced.As is the case of other mixed cities, the Arab minority is systematically marginalized. The physical infrastructure i.e. sewage system, roads, dwellings are in a catastrophic shape. But most important is the education system that suffers from a lack of supervision, lack of subsidies, and lack of professional guidance. A high proportion of students (boys and girls) drop from schools. The low socioeconomic status of the Arab inhabitants together with the high rate of unemployment encourages deviance and violence among the youth. There are two secondary and high schools for the Arab sector; the first is a state school, while the other is the Franciscan Terra-Santa school. About 1,340 students from the 7th-12th grade are enrolled in those schools. Target Group: 130 girls aged 13-21 years who are undergoing crises and or have dropped out from schools. Activities: The girls are divided into 4 groups according to age and grade in school. Group 1: a total 18 girls (18-21 year old). The group meets once or twice during the month, according to their working conditions. The sessions include consultations, group therapy, and a “support group” where they can speak freely about their concerns and their dreams. Group 2: includes 35 girls from the 10th- 12th grades (16-18 year old). The program address these issues: group awareness, decision making, problem solving, relationships with my family and the my peer group, and also relationships with the opposite sex, social issues, political, and public education ... In addition, career guidance through meetings in which they can learn more about the academic possibilities in the future, admission requirements, and the labor market. Group 3: 18 girls from the 8th-9th grades (14-15 year old). Most of the activities are related to the issue of adolescence, and relations with parents, Group 4: 35 girls in total, from the 7th grade (13 year old). They meet once a week. The group includes all areas mainly the acquisition of values and habits, and how to conduct a correct and socially acceptable behavior. Impact on the Community: Educational and employment opportunities for dropout students (girls from 13-18 years old) are enhanced. A number of dropout girls do go back to school. Another group of girls get vocational training and are gainfully employed. Girls are provided with social skills that help develop their personalities. A broader perspective on social, political and cultural issues is provided through lectures and discussions. Involvement of parents in the process.

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