DIALOGUE

A New High School Building for the Max Rayne Hand in Hand High School for Bilingual Education

HIH Physical

 

A New High School Building for the Max Rayne

Hand in Hand High School for Bilingual Education

 

Need: Because Israel maintains two parallel educational systems, one in Hebrew and one in Arabic, most children rarely have the opportunity to meet their counterparts in other sectors of the population. The Max Rayne Hand in Hand School for Bilingual Education has uniquely enabled Jewish and Arab children to study together in grades K – 12 since 1998. Since the original campus was built to only accommodate 300 elementary and middle school students, the school is in critical need for additional space for its high school classes.

 

Response: The Max Rayne Hand in Hand School for Bilingual Educationseeks to facilitate sustained contact that will reduce stereotypes and forge common ground. Its unique approach attracts an increasing number of pupils whose requirements the current building cannot meet. Thus, the Jerusalem Foundation is taking up the challenge and seeks to construct a separate building for the Hand in Hand High School.

 

In order to relieve the high school from using spaces that were unacceptable conditions for academic study, such as bomb shelters and hallways, the Jerusalem Foundation seeks to construct a separate building for the Hand in Hand High School on the existing campus as a long-term solution. The new high school will offer 2,490 m2 of additional space and will be built next to the existing gymnasium.One wing of the new High School building will be erected on top of the gymnasium.

 

Impact:“[Being]part of the Hand in Hand community - a conscious choice of living together, with all the challenges and difficulties that come along...[The Max Rayne Hand in Hand School]is part of the alternatives we have to offer in order not to let fear overcome,” Gili, HIH parent.

 

Population Served:More than 700 Jewish and Arab children in grades K-12 and their families.

 

Partners: The Israeli Ministry of Education; The Jerusalem Municipality