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.
The ORT Rambam School is one of two ORT Schools operating in the city. It provides ORT's specialist education in Jewish Studies and Information Technology alongside a full state curriculum.
Most of the school's students grew up in homes where little, if anything, was known of the traditions of the Jewish faith. Years under Communism had left parents and even grandparents out of touch with even the most basic aspects of religious practice.
ORT UK’s key fundraising project for 2012 is a programme to support small communities in the Former Soviet Union.
In these towns, the presence of a strong Jewish and vocational education can make all the difference between a community with a prosperous future and one which disappears through emigration and assimilation.