Hartman HS wins award for work with former prisoners (Video)
The Shalom Hartman Institute Boys High School is being awarded a prize by the city of Jerusalem for its work with rehabilitated prisoners. The project is part of the social involvement program that the school has become known for
The C.E. Smith High School for Boys at Shalom Hartman Institute is being awarded a prize by the city of Jerusalem for its work with rehabilitated prisoners. The project is part of the social involvement program that the school has become known for. The prize will be awarded as part of the city of Jerusalem’s "Border Crossing Education Week," May 17-22, 2009.
In this particular project, the pupils worked with rehabilitated prisoners, helping them acquire basic computer skills that will eventually aid them in finding work and making a successful return to society.
According to some of the volunteers, the age difference was not a problem. In face, it was one of the factors that caused the volunteers to most respect their "students."
"It is not simple to come and learn computers from kids 30 years your junior. You need a lot of humility for that," one of the students said. Over the course of the project the relationships evolved from student-teacher connections to bonds of friendship.
To sum up this successful project, one of the pupils said: "If we believe in the concept of repentance, then what these ex- prisoners are doing is it: to change one’s life completely."
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