Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in Kseifa and Arara BaNegev
The Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in Kseifa and Arara BaNegev aims to help fellows clarify their worldview and develop practical ideas for realizing their vision for improving quality of life in the Negev
The vision of the Mandel Center for Leadership in the Negev is to improve the quality of life of Negev residents by developing values-based and vision-driven social leaders who can create change. The Center's Program for Regional Leadership in Kseifa and Arara BaNegev is designed for people with high potential for making an impact, who are committed to advancing their community and their region. The program combines theoretical and practical studies in both individual and group settings, and includes field study trips and intensive seminars.
In recent years, the Mandel local leadership programs have grouped a number of localities together so as to promote a regional perspective, with the aim of improving quality of life in both urban and rural areas. The Center works to promote a shared and equal space for developing leadership in the Negev. Its programs are carefully designed to include both theoretical and practical aspects, and to serve as a foundation for work by graduates that will lead to change throughout the region.
The Mandel Program for Regional Leadership in Kseifa and Arara BaNegev covers a wealth of content from philosophy and the humanities, social sciences, education, urbanism, political science, and public policy, and includes experiential learning and other learning methods. Materials are carefully chosen so as to provide participants with a broad basis and with content that is relevant to their work, communities, and region. Studies include theoretical lectures with discussions; collaborative text study, workshops for processing the content studied, individual assignments, educational field trips, a two-day retreat, and in-depth study of specific subjects.
Program of Study: Main Elements
The curriculum is based on four main axes of study that enable combinations of different kinds of content:
Identity and Values: Clarifying values and worldviews and formulating a vision, both individually and as a group.
Region and Place: The central characteristics and challenges associated with the places and regions in which the fellows are active, including social, communal, economic, and cultural characteristics.
Governance, Policy, and Local Government: Understanding the frameworks for action, the complexity of governance, and how the impact of leadership can be increased by working to change policy at the local and national government levels.
Leadership and Practice: Different types and patterns of leadership, examined via both theoretical study and encounters with prominent leaders, as well as study of the challenges and dilemmas involved in values-based leadership.
A key element in the program is a project undertaken by each fellow, which is designed to bring about change in education, society, and community in the Negev.
Program Dates and Duration
The program runs for two years, with a total of 450 hours of study. The program began on October 4, 2018, and meets weekly on Thursdays, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.
: Kassim Alsraiha