HILA Student Delegation to Poland
“We won’t give up on anyone and we won’t let anyone give up.”
Sometimes you have to go far away in order to feel like everyone else.
The Rishon LeZion Foundation and the municipality’s Social Inclusion Department have united to enable students of the HILA supplemental education program to participate in the group trip to Poland.
The journey to Poland is a core activity of the Israeli high school system and has become a fundamental experience that shapes Holocaust memory. Moreover, the journey to Poland promotes an additional important and surprising element: recognizing a personal commitment to the continuity of life, a connection to the formal education system, enhancing the sense of capability and self-worth, a sense of being equal to one’s peers, and improving normative social functioning.
A decision was made in Rishon LeZion to include the Poland trip in the HILA rehabilitative program.
The journey to Poland will be a six-night trip for teens participating in the HILA program in Rishon LeZion. The program was planned in coordination with the Poland Administration, which supervises all of the Education Ministry’s Poland trips. The journey is intended for 11th and 12th grade students, and it is being offered only to serious students who are on track to complete 12 years of schooling with a matriculation certificate.
The Rishon LeZion Municipality and the Education Ministry have undertaken to finance the entire HILA program, aside from the six-day Poland journey.
To pay their part of the travel expenses, the 10 teen participants in the program have sought employment at the municipality in order to earn NIS 1,000 each. The Foundation has mobilized to help these youth participate in the journey to Poland, and has covered the remainder of the trip’s cost.