Widening gaps between the educational achievements of children living in Israel’s low-income communities and those living in high-income communities reflect the reality that demography defines destiny in Israel today.

In Israel, the majority of children in the low-income communities come from recent immigrant families, often wrestling with the challenge of learning Hebrew in addition to other obstacles.

Israel’s current education system is in need of reform. Recently conducted comparative studies, such as the PISA test, show that Israeli students consistently rank lowest among developed countries in core curriculum subjects. Israel can and must do better in the context of education. The current system does not work for the high-risk students and families who need great schools the most.

Our Goals

In Israel, 1 World is growing a network of transformational schools, with 3 at this moment and plans to more than triple that number by 2020. In order to move our work and vision in the country forward, 1 World aims to:

  • Collaboratively create and execute a fundraising plan to be able to fund the growth of five new schools serving 2700 students by 2020
  • Develop and implement a school leader recruitment process to ensure that best-in-class leaders are leading YEDA schools and providing a transformational education to high risk students and communities
  • Develop and implement metrics and rubrics to academically and culturally assess schools across the YEDA network
  • Train and support the school leaders in instructional coaching – how to observe and develop a teacher – in order to increase academic growth across the network in a sustainable way


For more information on our work in Israel, contact Joshua Zoia:


of students in the lowest income quartile graduate from high school