Athena Fund Receives Special Consultative Status from UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)
Tel Aviv, Israel, July 12, 2018. Israel’s Athena Fund today announced that it received special consultative status from the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
ECOSOC is the main body coordinating the UN's economic and social activities. It serves as a central forum for discussing international economic and social issues, and for formulating policy and recommendations in this field.
The new status will allow representatives of the Athena Fund to participate in meetings of ECOSOC and its committees, and to submit proposals and work papers to the council and its committees. Athena Fund representatives will also be able to meet official government delegations and representatives of other NGOs, as well as participate in various discussions, dialogs and meetings.
"The Athena Fund's new status represents international recognition of the fund's quality and its activities to promote Israel’s teachers, including special education teachers," said Uri Ben-Ari, Athena Fund's founder and president. "Having received this prestigious status, the Athena Fund will be able to contribute internationally from its extensive experience, and to develop professional relations with various organizations worldwide. It should be noted that even before receiving the new status, Athena's activities generated considerable interest worldwide and the fund was asked to present in various international education forums."
About the Athena Fund
Established in 2006, the Athena Fund is a nonprofit organization working to promote the empowerment of teachers in Israel by providing them with tools for self-fulfillment and professional advancement. The Athena Fund was founded by several prominent business leaders under the direction of President Uri Ben-Ari (CEO of UBA Ventures and former Executive VP of Ness Technologies). The fund's programs include Laptop for Every Teacher in Israel (launched in 2007), Laptop for Every Kindergarten Teacher (2012), Tablet for Every Science Teacher (2014), iPad for Every Special Education Teacher (2015) and Laptop for Every English Teacher (2018).
So far, the Athena Fund, together with its partners, has provided laptops, tablets and iPads to more than 19,000 teachers across Israel, in 1,503 schools and kindergartens in 130 local authorities (municipalities, local and regional councils). Each teacher also receives 120 hours of techno-pedagogical training from professional instructors, with support from the Ministry of Education. For more information, please visit http://www.athenafund.org/index.php?categoryId=8561
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