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UIA acknowledges the importance of educating the community and school-aged children about the organisation's important work.
Educational and Hasbara activities introduced to the Jewish day schools in Melbourne ensures the involvement and commitment to Israel, UIA, Keren Hayesod and the Jewish world.
Learning about UIA also introduces children to the concepts of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and Tzedaka (social justice) - crucial Jewish values underpinning Jewish continuity and ensuring future giving, as students approach adulthood.
For several years, UIA has implemented 2 special educational programs: The Roots Project and Year 12 Graduation gifts to Jewish Day schools, and will continue to carry out other educational programs in the future.
UIA has been supporting the Roots Project in numerous Jewish day schools in Victoria for many years. All Year 7 and 8 students participate in this project - an educational tool to learn more about their family history, where their relatives were born and raised; and learn more about themselves as individuals.
Each participant receives an album embossed with the UIA logo for them to create a scrapbook of family history. The album also contains a special message from UIA Victoria, which gives students an understanding of UIA's work in Israel and why we support this invaluable project. Once the project is completed, each student’s family history book is placed on display during a Roots Project gathering for family and friends at each school.