In September 2017, a peace and reconciliation programme was launched for kids from some of the most marginalised schools in Israel. The ambition, to use rugby to break down racial and religious divides, and to build peace and unity through kids playing together and competing against each other.
Atlas is delighted to report that through the generoity of three UK individuals we have funded work in 12 schools across Israel. This is delivered by Rugby Israel and is focussing on teamwork and reconciliation in divided communities.
Locations and schools in Israel
Ironi Gimel School
Ironi Hey School
Karmel Zvulun Kibbutz Yagur
Givat-Brenner Regional High-School
Darca Ramon Gedera High-School
Solomon Bereshit Givat-Brener School
There are a further 33 schools that we wish to reach.
It costs £1,000 per school per year to work regularly with 60 boys and girls. That is less than £20 per child per year, yet the values and support of rugby last a lifetime.
The Atlas Foundation “All Schools” Programme is a proven model that:
improves academic success at school
reduces crime and anti-social behaviour out of school
creates access to jobs beyond school
In the US it is doubling graduation rates and eliminated teenage pregnancies;
In Asia it is increasing graduation rates from 18% - 80%
In Africa young players are getting work in the fitness and security industries