World ORT is seeking funding for its Students at Risk program, which assists underprivileged children in ORT-affiliated schools. Your support will help students in socioeconomically deprived regions to reach their full potential and give them new hope for the future. A large number of students attending ORT-affiliated schools come from poor backgrounds, with parents who are either unemployed or underemployed. Other children experience family crises that have disrupted household income, such as the death or serious illness of a relative.
Kazan is the capital city of the central Russian republic of Tatarstan and with a population of 1,143,535, it is the eighth most populous city in Russia. The ORT "Mishpahteinu" Secondary School is situated in the centre of Kazan and is the result of cooperation between World ORT and the Tatarstan educational authorities and caters for students from Year 2 to 12.
Teacher Training and Retention
Funding is urgently required for both general and Jewish education teachers at ORT’s schools in the FSU. Over the past few years, competition from state and private schools has increased along with higher state funding, resulting in opportunities elsewhere for the highly capable teachers that ORT employs. Without the support of its donors, ORT can no longer pay competitive salaries needed to retain teachers or continue to train its best teachers.
Shikma Regional High School is one of the World ORT-affiliated schools which have been offered the choice of five essential pedagogical programs to help students gain specialized knowledge in pertinent subjects and to develop skills which can be used productively in the future to benefit the students themselves, their communities and the whole country.
ORT-KesherNet is a network of training centres in the former Soviet Union aimed principally at women, and geared towards helping people to improve their employment prospects, and for those in employment, to help them to progress. The program serves outlying communities, far from the major cities, where job prospects and the local economic situation is more challenging.
The program, a joint project of World ORT and Project Kesher, began in 1999 and currently has 15 centres, in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.