About Our Organization
Israel has a fairly good education system. However, too often, a family's financial status, educational level and – often – ethnic origin determine their children's educational opportunities. Consequently, only 1 out of 10 students entering university comes from an underprivileged family. Acquiring quality education is the route to changing the fate of these children and to breaking the educational and resultant poverty cycle.
Active and involved parents are the most effective catalyst for improving the quality of their children's education. To that end, Hila were established in 1987, to train and support parents with the aim of integrating them into the pedagogical process as significant and influencing participants and as catalysts for the improvement of academic standards.
Hila works together with Jews and Arabs, Veteran citizens and New Immigrants. For the past 29 years, graduates of our activities have raised academic achievements and improved conditions at schools across the country. Hila's advocacy has also led to significant improvements on the national level: parent rights in the special education placement procedure; tighter supervision on dispense of psychiatric drugs to pupils and increased transparency in schools. Over the years, Hila have placed thousands of children on a track leading to a successful matriculation and higher education.
Hila’s Goals: 1. Empowering parents to become an influencing factor in the improvement of the education system. 2. Advancing and developing social and educational projects to improve educational
achievements and to expand social involvement. 3. Influencing the Ministry of Education's policy to increase the rights of parents and children.
Hotline and Information Center: We operate a telephone hotline and website for parents and students. Each year more than 2500 parents whose children’s rights have been violated receive counseling from Hila. We also provide them with free legal aid if necessary and referrals to pedagogical, and psychological experts.
Parent Empowerment Courses: offer parents factual information and practical tools to improve the level of education and diagnose local educational problems. The course also facilitates communication between the parents, the school and the children.
Public Campaigns and Advocacy: Promoting Parent Status and Involvement in the Education System especially in schools' pedagogic councils; Promoting Information Transparency; and Models of Cooperation between parents and the Education System.