Ethiopian Parents Project

The ICEI Ethiopian-Israeli Parents Empowerment Project has successfully engaged Ethiopian-Israeli parents in their children’s education. Many of these parents have taken on real leadership roles.  In schools in which more than 60% of the students enrolled are Ethiopian, membership on classroom committees now numbers in the dozens. In schools with lower concentrations (25-35%), there is now an Ethiopian deputy chair of each school parents committee. School cultures are developing that promote higher expectations of academic success among Ethiopian-Israeli children, with teachers and principals who know how to work with parents.
 
ICEI has successfully engaged Ethiopian-Israeli parents in their children’s education and many have taken on leadership roles. 
 
In addition:  
  • Greater cultural understanding and cooperation have contributed to an improvement in classroom management and student behavior. 
  • School cultures are developing that promote higher expectations of academic success among Ethiopian-Israeli children.
  • Greater respect for Ethiopian culture in schools has led to greater pride in Ethiopian identity on the part of students and is raising their self-esteem. 
  • Parents have become much more involved in their children’s education. They now actively encourage at-home reading and participate in school activities.  This represents major strides in developing a lay community in the schools, among parents who previously felt detached and alienated from their children's education, because of cultural and linguistic barriers.