The Joint Council of Mechinot is starting the new academic year with good news: continued year-on-year growth in the number of students attending mechina. As of the beginning of this year, 4,425 new students were enrolled, while another 900 were participating in Year 2 programs. A total of 27 percent are from the periphery, evidence of increasing demand across socioeconomic divides for the mechina experience.
The mechinot welcomed 156 first-year mechina students from other countries throughout the world, including 100 taking part in Yachad, a Joint Council program that brings foreign students to Israel to attend mechina. Fifty of this year’s mechina students are participants in Shibolim, a program that mainstreams young people with disabilities at mechinot. This marks a record number of Shibolim participants, and the 44 mechina locations they are attending include seven mechinot that joined the program this year. Six Shibolim students are beginning a second year of mechina.
Joint Council of Mechinot CEO Dani Zamir said: “As the numbers prove, there is constantly growing demand for the opportunity to attend mechina, and the student body at the mechinot is extremely diverse and comes from all classes of society. We’re not leaving anybody behind!”
The number of managerial and instructional staff at the mechinot also grew, with 693 staff members, 40 percent of whom are women, as of the beginning of the year. Over the past four years, the number of women in management roles at the mechinot has increased by 218 percent.
We’re happy about the new year’s statistics, but we’re not resting on our laurels. We’ve already begun getting ready to register next year’s students—young people of all sorts, from central Israel, the periphery, and abroad, representing all parts of society.