Each September, thousands of promising 1st-graders start school
in Israel. Fast-forward 12 years. One-in-five kids drops out of school.
Another fifth barely attends class. Only half of all 17 year olds
graduate school with a matriculation certificate. Moreover, there is tight
correlation between origin, place of residence and socio-economic
background and scholastic success.
This waste of potential of our younger generation has
alarming implications: a fractured society, acute disparity
between periphery and center, deterioration of young
adults into illegitimate activities and the loss of human capital.
The Tafnit Program was launched in 2001 by the Rashi Foundation
and the Education Ministry to turn this situation around. Tafnit has
developed a revolutionary method of reducing learning gaps and
leading failing students to matriculation success. Believing that
“every child is able”, the school must be committed to students’
success and teachers are the agents of change. Tafnit introduces
unconventional accelerated-learning techniques including: breaking
the learning routine, ambitious objectives, measurable benchmarks,
a motivational process and external monitoring of results. Students
experience a chain of success along the path to full matriculation,
while a newly motivated cadre of teachers is created.
Since Tafnit’s inception, 5,000 failing students have completed
matriculation and 60,000 elementary students attained the national
standard in core subjects. Tafnit has recently won a prestigious U.S.
State Department award for educational initiatives. Our vision is to
implement Tafnit in schools in the periphery in order to ensure equal
opportunity, reduce socio-economic gaps and thereby maximize Israel’s