The Azrieli Foundation has announced a commitment of 100 million new Israeli shekels (nearly $31.6 million) over five years in support of a partnership with Darca Schools, a network of high schools in Israel.
The funds will support joint efforts to keep at-risk youth in school, strengthen schools in the geo-social periphery of Israel, and promote equal opportunity in education. Founded in 2010, the Darca network operates thirty-one schools in diverse communities serving more than sixteen thousand students. The foundation has operated the Azrieli Institute for Educational Empowerment in Israel since 2004 with the aim of encouraging at-risk junior high school students to remain in school and closing the educational gaps that hamper their success. The institute currently serves four thousand students annually, providing educational support, fostering their social development skills, and hosting seminars designed to enhance communication between youth and their parents.
The partnership will enable Darca — selected for its broad reach into Israel's socioeconomic periphery, innovative approach to education and educational systems management, commitment to high achievement, leadership and values-based education, and proven success — to provide services to thousands of additional youth.
"The Azrieli Foundation has been deeply invested for years in helping the children of the periphery in Israel, especially in preventing junior high school students from dropping out of school and empowering youth with skills to succeed," said Danna Azrieli, chair of the Azrieli Group and the Azrieli Foundation Israel. "We are very excited to have the most successful school network in Israel adopt our program, embrace it, and expand it."