ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS
What we do
We arrive at towns and villages throughout Israel and deliver enrichment programs to children in 3rd – 6th grade, with the aim of exposing them to new areas of knowledge, reinforcing their self-efficacy and bringing them closer to the world of higher education.
How we do it
We use fully equipped mobile labs and deliver programs focusing on science and technology:
GEOGRAPHIC AREAS OF ACTIVITY
We operate in dozens of towns and villages in outlying regions, within the territory of the following regional councils, among them:
In southern Israel: Ofakim, El-Qasum, Merhavim, Neve-Midbar, Kiryat-Gat, Sedot-Negev, Beer-Sheba, Shafir.
In northern Israel: Tiberias, Migdal-Ha’Emek, Merom-Hagalil, Misgav, Emek-Izrael, Acre, Afula, Safed, Kiryat-Shemona.
MEASUREMENT AND ASSESSMENT
As part of our monitoring process and efforts to achieve the highest level of professionalism, Ofanim has been conducting a variety of intra-organizational measurement and assessment processes since its inception. These include measuring the quality of the educational programs, professional feedback processes carried out by our team, and examining the effectiveness of our activity.
The results of the measurement and assessment activities demonstrate:
- A very high level of satisfaction from Ofanim’s activities among 91.7% of the participants
- Increase in the sense of self-efficacy
- Increased confidence in one’s personal abilities
- A higher participation rate in advanced mathematics and English study programs among Ofanim graduates
- A high percentage of graduates studying science and technology
In 2015-2016 Tel-Hai Academic College’s Measurement & Assessment Unit headed by Dr. Irit Sasson, conducted an in-depth assessment with the professional support of Prof. Yehudit Dori of the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
The results, submitted in April 2016, revealed that 23.5% of the graduates of Ofanim’s programs are studying mathematics at the highest level (5 study units).
The table below details the rate of students studying scientific subjects at the advanced level (5 units) in Israel’s northern and southern districts, as compared with the rate of Ofanim’s graduates.
Northern District (%)
Southern District (%)
As part of the survey, the graduates were asked where they would like to work in the future. Of those who indicated a future profession, 67% named one that required an academic degree. Furthermore, 58% of the graduates indicated a scientific or technological academic profession.
The survey revealed a very high level of satisfaction among Ofanim graduates. They perceived their participation in the programs as a positive and pleasant experience, as compared with other extracurricular activities that they had taken part in during the course of their lives.
“These scholastic characteristics may comprise a good foundation for the graduates preparing for academic studies and choosing a future profession in the fields of science or technology. It is important to emphasize that although the educational level of most of the survey respondents’ parents was basic (mostly high school level), and although most of them did not have a sibling participating in an academic study program, the scholastic characteristics in high school were relatively high. This, combined with the very high level of satisfaction with Ofanim’s activities, suggests a possible future trend of breaking away from the family norm, and of the graduates’ understanding that they can choose a different path than the one they are familiar with from their close environment.”