About Our Organization
Hila seeks to narrow the gap between Israel’s socio-economic and geographical peripheries and its core by making education our focal point. The main driving force for improving educational quality is active and involved parents. With this in mind, Hila was founded with the goals of training, accompanying, and supporting parents from disadvantaged communities in order to include them in the pedagogical process and increase their educational involvement as influential factors in increasing their children’s educational achievements.
Since 1987, Hila has been continuously involved in educational and social activities that enable parents in the socio-economic periphery to learn about their rights and provide them with the skills to act as agents of change. The organization’s focus is on Israelis living in development cities and neighborhoods, many of which are made up of Mizrahi Jews, immigrants from the former Soviet Union, new immigrants from Ethiopia, and Arab citizens of Israel, and works to improve the quality of education in those areas as well as throughout the country.
Areas of Activity
Assistance and Information Center for Students and Parents
Thousands of parents turn to Hila for help and support each year, mainly in search of information regarding the laws and procedures of the educational system or action to take when their child’s rights are violated by schools or other educational entities. Hila acts both as a one-time and long-term source of information and counseling, depending on the case. Our guiding philosophy is not to be a service, but rather to provide parents with tools in order to address violations of their children’s rights. Our center provides a hotline service that operates most hours of the day; a website with accessible information on parent and student rights in Hebrew, English, and Arabic; informational publications regarding central issues in education; a weekly column published in the newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth; and the individual guidance of parents.
Hila’s trainings are based upon the concept of community education, in which the existence of a quality educational system is only possible when there is close cooperation between the main bodies critical to the education process: the educational institution, the parents, and the students. Active parents need information and skills that will enable them to recognize their and their children’s rights in order to uplift the education system in their communities. Hila’s training programs are held nationwide.
Annual Seminar: Once a year, Hila holds a weekend seminar that brings together representatives from a number of parent groups that participated in courses that year. The seminar is intended for cooperative learning between activists and the parent representatives that come from all over the country.
Another area of focus of Hila is the provision of advocacy work regarding fundamental issues related to inequality in the education system. Our advocacy work includes the bringing to light of these issues by contacting the media, writing reports that are distributed to the public, and submitting petitions to the courts that are written in cooperation with other social organizations.