On the heels of a previous award in 2013, the Israeli Ministry of Education has conferred a prize for excellence to the teachers of Boys Town Jerusalem. The school has now gained the distinction of being the first Jerusalem-based school to win the coveted award two times since the Ministry of Education and the Israel Teachers Union initiated this reward for excellence in 2013. Boys Town Jerusalem Principal Yossi Cohen noted that Boys Town ranked in the fourth percentile among the over 200 schools cited for commendation by the Ministry, with the rank reflecting student test results on the national level and other performance markers. Cited for their exemplary performance in “promoting educational, ideological and scholastic excellence” in Israeli education, the Boys Town Jerusalem instructors will be granted cash rewards for their outstanding achievement.
“We work very, very hard for all we attain,” the principal stressed. “Every Boys Town instructor faces a meticulous challenge that demands endless patience and determination. For the great number of our students battling poverty and/or painful family struggles at home, the care and concern our teachers provide are crucial to spur these boys to success for life.”
Principal Yossi Cohen admits that he was not surprised at Boys Town’s commendation by the highest educational authority. “We are in the midst of a revolution in Israeli education, which parents and students alike are attracted to join. They can feel the spirit of positive, dynamic energy that pervades the school, as reflected in student feats across the board. In robotics and science, we’re clinching hard-earned national prizes each year. Most important, over the past five years, the overall percentage of our students who pass their critical bagrut national matriculation exams has increased steadily. Last year, we reached 78.7%, far above the national average, and this year’s results should be even higher. ”
Statistics and Israeli Ministry of Education accolades aside, Cohen declared that the teachers’ true rewards are of immeasurable value. “Teachers have the privilege to touch the future. At Boys Town, we can make the difference in a young man’s life. That’s worth striving for, despite the hardship and the difficulties we may face along the journey.”