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Step Forward Association

For The Promotion of Education


Rahat Volunteering Program


Step Forward is an NGO founded in 2000 by young Bedouin educators and professionals with the objective of promoting educational opportunities and economic advancement programs for the Bedouin community of Southern Israel. Based in Rahat, the largest Bedouin city in Israel (10 minutes drive from Beer-Sheva), Step Forward addresses the dire situation of the Bedouin community in Rahat, which is one of the poorest cities in Israel, with the highest rates of unemployment and child-birth. The NGO focuses on youth and women in order to facilitate social change through expending educational opportunities for children and youth, and advancement of women’s economic independence and active role in the community.

MAPMES offers a selected group of students an internship opportunity through collaboration with Step Forward. Each week the students travel as a group to Rahat, to teach and converse in English with Bedouin children, under the guidance of the Step Forward team. This unique encounter allows students a hands-on encounter with a Bedouin community undergoing a process of social change, while benefitting from an opportunity to make a difference.

Following is an essay by Mary Ann Lewis, a MAPMES student, describing her experience in Rahat during the academic year 2007-2008. (forthcoming in MAPMES newsletter).

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Link to a part from "Film Class" that Step Forward produced:

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