The Association for Change in Education (ACE) was set up by the Rashi Foundation in 2004 with a mandate to implement the goals of the Foundation in the fields of education and welfare. Through ACE and in professional and financial partnership with the Ministry of Education and local authorities, Rashi runs national educational programs that reach tens of thousands of pupils every year. Other partners in these projects include Jewish Federations, the business sector in Israel and various foundations and private contributors from Israel and abroad.
Vision and Goals
ACE is committed to instill in children and youth confidence in their abilities, and to help develop skills that will enable them to succeed in school and in adult life. It strives to promote creativity in education and welfare systems, and involvement of educators and parents in the children's world.
The Association's leadership and staff believe:
- In every child's ability and right for self-realization
- in educational work guided by the individual needs of each child
- In commitment to excellence in every activity
- In cooperation between the education and welfare systems
ACE seeks to expand the circle of youth and parents enjoying its services and to deepen its work with children and youth at risk and with those who need an opportunity to fulfill their potential. For this purpose, it is developing city-wide educational-welfare interventions that leverage its activity across entire communities in Israel's periphery in localities such as Arad, Ofakim and Ma'alot.
Major programs operated by the Association for Change in Education:
- Milat - extended school day and extracurricular activities: 40,000 pupils
- Revadim and comprehensive school-based interventions: 15,000 pupils
- School Lunch Program: 180,000 pupils
- Warm Homes (in the central region): 100 girls at risk
The Board of ACE is headed by Mr. Benny Vaknin, Chairman of Metropolitan Mass Transit Systems. The board members also include Dr. Haim Eylon Eyluz, Chairman of the Merchavim Foundation; Mr. Mordechai Elgrabli, Chairman of Rekah; and Mr. Elie Elalouf, General Director of the Rashi Foundation. The Association's offices are located in the Ben Shemen Youth Village.