An ongoing project since 2007, the Scholarship Programme is the Foundation’s core project, which provides scholarships and training to Palestinian university students inside Israel. Since its inauguration, the Programme has supported more than 1,000 young people in attending universities across Israel and abroad.
In addition to the training programme provided to our students throughout the academic year, the Galilee Foundation also requires all students to undertake voluntary placements with civil society organisations and within their local communities. Students also participate in activities and events which promote Palestinian culture and heritage.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Qatar Foundation, we have been able to support as many as 250 students a year.
Please click here if you would like to support the Galilee Foundation Scholarship Programme.
The Arab Culture Association – Our Project Partner
The Arab Culture Association (ACA) acts as our partner on the ground. The ACA is remunerated to administer the Galilee Foundation Scholarship Programme. They advertise the programme locally, collect applications, convene the selection committee, and coordinate all extra-curricular activities on behalf of the Galilee Foundation.
Established in 1998, the ACA is an independent, non-profit organisation registered in Israel, which aims to contribute to the crystallisation of the cultural identity of the Palestinian minority. The ACA aims to assist in maintaining the culture of the Palestinian minority in Israel, as well as offer opportunities to develop socially and economically.
Other Education Projects
In the 2013/14 academic year, the Foundation partnered with Yasmine Al-Naqab in empowering one of four kindergartens in the ‘unrecognised villages’ in the Naqab (Negev). The Foundation’s donation was allocated to support Yasmine Al-Naqab’s intervention in Rahmeh unrecognised village.
The kindergarten in Rahmeh is the only educational body available for over 1,200 residents of the village. The kindergarten serves over 30 children aged 3 – 6 years. The project aimed to improve the overall educational services provided to the children by obtaining educational toys and material and by offering training to the teachers. It also aimed to work with mothers on raising awareness about children’s health and development.
Young Musicians Project
In the 2013/14 academic year, the Foundation supported Al-Mashghal’s (The Factory) Young Musicians Project. The project aimed to provide children aged 6-18 from disadvantaged backgrounds with professional musical training in Arabic, their mother tongue. The training included methods and techniques of playing through which the children attained musical concepts and theory and were provided with solfege and ear training as well. The Project allowed Al-Mashghal to attract talented children from difficult socioeconomic backgrounds whose families were unable to afford the tuition fees of music education. Further to obtaining musical education, the project also wishes to create a positive change among those students and to empower them and enhance their confidence.
Click here to see performance footage of some of the children from the Young Musicians project.
Hewar – the Arab Association for Alternative Education
This year, the Foundation has partnered with Hewar to support their school and kindergarten. Hewar is an alternative public school for Palestinian children in Haifa and the surrounding villages. It aims to provide alternative (to the education provided by the Israeli Ministry of Education), democratic, creative, engaging and child-centred education.
Hewar provides its services to children and their parents via its kindergarten which offers education to children aged 3 to 5 years and its Primary and Intermediate School which provides education to children aged 6 to 13 years old (first – eighth grade).
Mada al-Carmel – the Arab Centre for Applied Social Research
The Foundation renewed its support to Mada al-Carmel’s Israeli Studies Programme, which aims to examine the Israeli state and society for a more diverse constituency. The Programme will provide its constituency with informative academic papers, books and online publications on Programme’s areas of research.
Mada al-Carmel generates and provides information, critical analysis and diverse perspectives on the social and political life and history of Palestinians, with particular attention to Palestinians within Israel. Mada also advances critical research on Israeli society and politics in order to further understanding of its undercurrents, particularly in relation to policies towards Palestinians and Palestine.