We believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to learn and that education is the key to empowering refugees and asylum seekers to become self-sufficient. Without proficiency in Hebrew and English refugees and asylum seekers remain disadvantaged, isolated and marginalised. Limited Hebrew and/or English skills heightens depression and social isolation amongst asylum seekers as it prevents them from functioning independently in Israeli society and either securing employment or progressing their careers. They often experience acute frustration in everyday situations and in the workplace their lack of Hebrew causes health and safety hazards. Further, they are vulnerable to exploitation as they cannot negotiate for improved terms of employment or safer working conditions.
ARDC’s Practical Refugee Education Program (PREP) aims to empower refugees and asylum seekers through education and self-development. We believe education to be the key tool that refugees and asylum seekers can use to better assimilate into the Israeli culture and create an improved future for themselves and their children. Our three programs (listed below) support our education mission.