20 2021

The violence in Akko: what happened and what’s next

5:30PM - 6:45PM  

A conversation with Mirit Sulema from the Akko Educators’ Kibbutz

What are the challenges facing the people of Akko, a diverse city with ancient roots and troubled present? What made a group of 80 young educators gather from all over Israel in a small peripheral town? And what are the potentials, dilemmas and human stories behind the pictures we see on the internet? Join us for a short talk and presentation hosted by Mirit Sulema from The Akko Educators' Kibbutz – Dror Israel.

Mirit Sulema, 33 years old, has been the coordinator of the Dror Israel urban educators’ kibbutz in Akko for the past eight years. Over the ten years that she has lived in Akko since completing her military service, Mirit has spearheaded and participated in a range of educational projects in the city. For four years, she worked as a counselor at a special youth center that offers a “second home” for at-risk adolescents, and later spent two years as the center’s manager. She also established and led the first ever group of Arab youth to attend the national NOAL youth movement leadership training course from Akko. This led to the establishment of the Akko Shared Society center in 2015. The Shared Society Center runs joint activities for some 200 Jewish and Arab youth every year. In recent years, Mirit has been at the forefront of the campaign to purchase a new building and home for the Akko Educators’ Kibbutz, to house 60 educators as well as educational, cultural and social activities for hundreds of Akko locals. This past year, Mirit started to teach entrepreneurship and business skills at the Dror Social High School in Haifa for at-risk youth.

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