PARDES – A Centre of Education for Values
PARDES is a center for ‘values education’. PARDES is a NGO operating for more than a decade in the educational arena in Israel. We, a group of 25-35 years old Israelis, have established PARDES as a result of our sense of belonging and commitment towards the Israeli society. PARDES is part of the cooperative kibbutz renewal process. It is a work-branch of Kibbutz Pelech, a small kibbutz, located in the higher western Galilee, not far from the border with Lebanon. Every year, we interact with more than ten thousands students, teachers and educators. We work in hundreds of educational frameworks such as the Ministry of Education, the Association for Community Centers (matnasim), local governments, schools, youth movements and organizations, NGOs and private organizations.
Our work is based on workshops that confront the youth with the hottest issues of the Israeli society. We generate critical thinking based on dialogue. We encourage the development of opinions and personal point of views. We give an alternative to fatalism by showing that changing the reality is always an option. We educate for a just and democratic society. We present to the youth an alternative to the hatred, fear and racism that unfortunately shapes the present Israeli discourse. We educate to peace seeking and promote a co-existing society that includes a range of cultures and opinions.