Children's Art Work
In addition to the hundreds of children who have benefited from the love and care given in Tikva’s homes, many more disadvantaged Jewish children from the broader community attend Tikva’s schools and receive a well-rounded Jewish and secular education. Of the approximately 720 children who are enrolled in Tikva’s schools, but do not live in Tikva’s homes, 80% are from families or situations where they suffer from povert, hunger and overall neglect. By providing these at-risk children with a free, high-quality education within a caring Jewish environment, as well as three hot meals a day and after-school care, Tikva supports and empowers single parents to go to work, secure in the knowledge that their children are in good hands.
Tikva’s schools offer a standard Ukrainian program of study in addition to a Jewish educational component. Students start their day at 8:00 am, spending the morning on secular subjects and the afternoon Jewish Education studying religious subjects that include Hebrew, Jewish history, Israeli culture and tradition, Jewish holidays and Torah studies. The last 45 minutes of the day are spent working on homework assignments with the help of a teacher.
With class sizes of 12 to 14 students, as opposed to the 40 found in the standard Ukrainian classroom, Tikva’s students receive the personal attention they need in order to succeed. Tikva’s schools emphasize hands-on, inquiry-based learning, rather than the lecture and rote memorization methods used in most Ukrainian public schools. As a result, Tikva’s students continually receive academic and artistic awards at annual scholastic competitions between student teams from Ukrainian private schools.
Tikva currently operates seven educational institutions, educating close to 1,000 Jewish children in Odessa. These include:
• A pre-school and kindergarten program that serves 250 at-risk children.
• An elementary school that educates 200 children, including two satellite schools in Tairova and Katoskova (suburbs of Odessa with significant Jewish populations).
• A high school serving 135 boys.
• A high school serving 135 girls.
• A five year accredited university program with an enrollment of 240 young adults.
Special Needs Program
A customized curriculum was designed for Tikva’s children with special needs. The program helps alleviate learning and developmental delays with educational enrichment programs, as well as physical and occupational therapies. Tikva employs skilled professionals who are trained in the latest special education techniques for children enrolled in its schools. The personalized care they receive encourages each of these children to reach their individual potential.
What Positions Tikva
Graduates Hold Now..
• English Teacher
• Kindergarten Counselor
• Travel Agency Manager
• Local TV Program Director
• Telephone Operator
• Restaurant Administrator
• IT director
The After-School Club
Many of the girls and boys who are not living in Tikva’s homes come from broken families with a range of socio-economic difficulties. Once school is over for the day, they can end up roaming the streets and getting into trouble. A large number of day students also suffer from a lack of nutritious meals and adult guidance.
In its ongoing efforts to help disadvantaged children within the larger community, Tikva runs an after-school program in its schools, providing enrichment opportunities for children aged 7 to 17. The project is operational four days each week, from 4:30 pm until 7:00 pm. Children can choose from a variety of activities, including English language and conversation, art therapy, dance, music, drama, yoga, sports and choral groups, and even help with homework. They eat a well-balanced meal while at the club, and can receive individual counseling to assist them with the emotional, academic, familial and other problems encountered in daily life.
The Jewish University of Odessa
Tikva offers a five-year accredited Jewish university program for students aged 17 to 21 and currently has an enrollment of 240 students. The program features a diversified secular and religious curriculum with an emphasis on adult leadership skills. Courses include psychology, teaching, economics, law,
foreign languages, early childhood education and business management.
The Jewish Ukrainian Holocaust Research and Education Center
In 2009, Tikva established the Jewish Ukrainian Holocaust Research and Education Center as a learning resource for students enrolled in the Jewish University of Odessa’s Teaching Program. The Center was originally established to address a complete lack of knowledge on the subject by high
school and university students. In an effort to combat this lack of awareness and understanding, the Center set out to train student educators to teach the Holocaust from a Jewish and historical perspective in an engaging, effective and accurate way.
The program is designed to enable graduates to disseminate this information in Tikva’s network of educational and other Jewish schools in the region, educating young people about the Holocaust. Due to the fact that the Holocaust had not previously been taught in this region, the program aims
to strengthen affinity with the Jewish nation and its unique history by providing factual information, meaningful dialogue, and a forum for students to connect to a tragic part of Ukrainian history. Gradually, the center hopes to incorporate Holocaust Studies as a core module in non- Jewish schools and regional universities.
Today, this pioneering initiative has significantly expanded to include a broad range of programs that effectively draw greater numbers of people in the community to learn about the Holocaust. Initiatives include dynamic lectures by prominent historians, newsletters to keep community members up to date on upcoming learning opportunities, Holocaust remembrance ceremonies, and distribution of food packages to elderly Holocaust survivors.