Chief of Staff to educators: "Those who serve are proud to do so"

Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar met with educators at a Jerusalem high school, taking part in a project designed to increase teen motivation to serve their country

Date: 11/06/2012, 11:43 AM     Author: IDF (Zahal) Website

Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar met with teachers at Jerusalem’s Ironi Pisgat Ze’ev high school yesterday (Sunday, June 10). The meeting took place as part of the Derech Erech project, which is intended to boost Israeli adolescents’ motivation to serve their country.

The visit included an overview of the Derech Erech initiative, as well as discussions between teachers, the Minister of Education, the Chief of Staff, and leaders of the project within both the IDF (Zahal) and the Education Ministry.

“If you ask those who serve how they feel about their IDF (Zahal) service, they will reply that they bear a burden and are proud to do so. Their ability to feel pride in their IDF (Zahal) service comes from you, the educators,” Lt. Gen. Gantz told the teachers.

The Derech Erech initiative, currently in its fourth year, arranges for commanders from all branches of the IDF (Zahal) to meet with high school teachers and principals. The project currently involves hundreds of commanders and thousands of educators and administrators.

The initiative aims to strengthen the partnership between educational institutions and the IDF (Zahal), in order to prepare students for their military service. During these meetings, participants discuss central dilemmas regarding educational challenges, relations between the IDF (Zahal) and Israeli civil society, the IDF (Zahal) as the Israeli people’s army, and the responsibility for educating Israel’s next generation.