8200 Alumni Association, the Azrieli Foundation and the Ministry of Education are excited to present:
1M NIS to be awarded to a startup that will crack the challenge!
Students are learning in the same methods since the industrial revolution, even though the world has evolved and changed beyond recognition
The education system today faces more social and emotional challenges than ever, and students have larger gaps. This, combined with heavy workloads on teachers, makes it challenging for them to provide a personalized response to each student. Traditional education methods do not fulfil these needs:
Increasing reports on loneliness and mental distress among students
The number of students indicating loneliness and mental distress is growing, while the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly worsened the students’ mental state.
Content gradually becomes irrelevant
The world is changing rapidly. A significant part of the curriculum gradually becomes irrelevant and students need new tools and skills that will help them cope with the changing reality.
The social and economic gaps are growing
The COVID-19 pandemic has further increased the social and economic gaps in Israel, and many students find it difficult to access beneficial education of high quality, thus they are not given an equal opportunity.
Personalized learning in classrooms with an emphasis on development of social and emotional skills
Personalized learning for each student, based on their pace, strengths, and interests, as well as social-emotional skills development, like awareness and self-management, empathy, and teamwork, has been shown to improve student success in school, work, relationships, as well as their happiness and well-being
We are not trying to reinvent the wheel. Studies conducted in recent decades have shown that development of social-emotional skills –
Raises the students’ happiness index, as well as their motivation and optimism
Improves the students’ academic accomplishments
Reduces mental distress and dangerous behaviors
Improves and strengthens the student-teacher relationship
Despite the general consensus, teachers in various subjects are still lacking tools that would allow them to teach each student in accordance with his or her needs and develop their social and emotional skills
NIS A challenge for startups to develop solutions for personalized social emotional learning with a prize of 1 million!
A national competition for startups to develop technological solutions that will enable English and Science teachers in seventh grades to teach in a way that promotes emotional-social learning and in a personalized way, for each and every student in their class.
The winning startup will receive a million NIS prize and implement it’s solution in dozens of schools across Israel’s peripheral regions!