Kaleidoscope is an educational approach devoted to promoting appreciation for the value of diversity and respect between individuals of different cultures.
Kaleidoscope achieves its goals with the development of social skills such as empathy and with interactive activities in which students of different cultures – Ethiopian and native Israeli, religious and secular, Arab and Jewish and students of the special and general education tracks – learn about each other and develop a positive association with being together.
The mission of Kaleidoscope is to help educators, students of all ages and parents to develop
- the spirit of diversity
- social skills that contribute to respect between peoples of different cultures
- ethical values
- appreciation for their roles as citizens.
Kaleidoscope achieves its goals by fostering the development of social skills such as empathy and through interactive activities that in which students of different cultures – Ethiopian and native Israeli, religious and secular, Arab and Jewish and students of the special and general education tracks – learn about each other and develop a positive association with being together.
The Kaleidoscope approach reaches its’ goal through:
Exercises + Processing
This approach has been proven by research to empower the participants to apply what they have learned to various situations. To assure its impact the process is applied to a community model that provides workshops for parents, students, and educators, ensuring that everybody “speaks the same language.”
The Rosh Pina Mainstreaming Network is a non-profit organization founded in Israel in 1992 in an effort to promote the development of social and emotional competencies that help individuals, children in particular, appreciate difference and to accept the “other.” Founded on research, these goals are achieved in the context of its Kaleidoscope approach which uses the kaleidoscope as an ongoing motif with which to reflect on our multiple identities and feelings, on the variety of populations in our communities and on the dynamics of diversity. The approach is integrated in a variety of programs called Kaleidoscope Initiatives that are implemented within Arab and Jewish communities throughout Israel and in educational settings throughout the world.
An external professional evaluation of the approach, proved that Kaleidoscope succeeds in developing the spirit and skills of diversity. It effectively combines the principles and social skills with components – knowledge of self and the other, tools with which to change behaviors, and interaction with the other – to create a mechanism that succeeds in promoting a readiness to learn about and meet individuals who are different and that this readiness is generalized to new unknown populations. The achievements of The Rosh Pina Mainstreaming Network have helped foster ongoing relationships and cooperative efforts with municipalities, educational authorities and pedagogic centers throughout Israel and abroad. Since its inception, approximately 40,000 children, parents and educators have participated in a variety of Kaleidoscope initiatives. In light of its achievements, Kaleidoscope’s Founding Director, Chana Reifman Zweiter, was awarded the Bonei Zion Prize at the Knesset in 2015 for her contribution to diversity education in Israel.