SASA Setton Kav-Or Initiative

Run in cooperation with the Israeli Ministry of Education, the SASA Setton Kav-Or Initiative provides unique educational programming for hospitalized children in more than 150 educational centers in over 35 regular, rehabilitation and psychiatric hospitals throughout the country. See this map for the details and locations of these individual hospitals and institutions.

The goals of the SASA Setton Kav-Or Initiative are to:

  • Assist children in coping with the difficulties and challenges of hospitalization
  • Empower hospitalized children through implementing unique educational programs
  • Help maintain educational continuity for hospitalized children
  • Integrate advanced learning technologies in the hospital educational centers

The Kav-Or program began its work in 1993 at the David Yellin Academic College of Education in Jerusalem. In 2009 the program was integrated with World ORT-Kadima Mada. Since that time, the SASA Setton Kav-Or Initiative has continued to expand and increase the range of activities available to hospitalized children in Israel.

Israel is one of the few countries which make daily hospital schools compulsory.   However, it is Kav Or that enables the hospital schools to extend their opening hours and provide study and enrichment activities throughout the day for hospitalized children. The Kav Or educational program includes a unique internet environment and offers robotics, photography, distance learning and more. Specially qualified teachers and National Service volunteers work with the children in the Kav Or hospital centers. The Kav Or program also provides training and professional development courses for the hospitals’ educational staff. 

Visit the SASA Setton Kav-Or Initiative website.

A number of activities come under the SASA Setton Kav-Or Initiative umbrella:

Supplying and supporting hi-tech equipment for science and technology classrooms in hospital schools – for example, robotics kits, science labs and interactive whiteboards.

Designing and hosting two unique websites, tailored to under-9s and over-9s respectively, which enable children to communicate with their peers in other hospitals around the country and to access a virtual campus featuring both synchronous and asynchronous lessons, independent learning courses, and more leisure-oriented games.

Running a program of extra-curricular educational and leisure activities which can include pursuits such as art work, art history, film-editing, cookery and photography.

Commissioning child-friendly online medical information videos, to help children prepare for upcoming medical procedures.

Enriching the general environment in hospital schools – with murals, decorations and furniture.

Recruiting and supporting volunteers, the greatest number of whom comes from Sherut Leumi, the alternative voluntary national service in Israel. These volunteers assist with on-going teaching  in the schools, help the children with using hi-tech equipment and accessing online lessons, offer programming that extends the schools’ activities into after school hours and serve as companions.

Conducting training for educational staff – both in-person and via the virtual campus. An annual conference is held in cooperation with the Israel Pediatric Association is held annually, featuring physicians, education centre managers, subject matter experts and representatives from the Ministry of Education. In addition, a three day seminar takes place annually in Shlomi, Northern Israel - attended by approximately 60 teachers from hospitals across the country. The seminar includes training in a variety of innovative technologies used in education, workshops on up-to-date teaching methodologies, peer presentations and team-building activities to establish a sense of community across the network.

Shlabim - Education at Home for Sick Children

World ORT Kadima Mada provides ‘Shlabim’ educational services to sick or disabled children who cannot attend school.  Continuing their education at home helps to ensure that they are not missing too much from the national curriculum due to health issues.

Every year in the State of Israel there are thousands of sick children, including those with special needs. These children are absent from school and spend their days either at home or in Ministry of Health community care centers. 

World ORT Kadima Mada is the formal provider of the Ministry of Education’s “Shlabim” service which is extended to children in all sectors of the country’s population.  This program is operated under the jurisdiction of the ‘free education for all sick children in Israel who are at home for over 21 days’ law’.  Israel is one of the few countries in the world that provide this type of service.

The main aims of this program include trying to ensure an educational continuum for these school students, encouraging a daily routine beneficial to their overall well-being and facilitating their return to school upon recuperation.

A personalized educational study program is formulated for each house-bound sick child by a qualified World ORT Kadima staff member, in collaboration with the teachers at school.  It is constructed according to the child’s needs, taking into account medical limitations and academic ability and knowledge prior to illness.

World ORT Kadima Mada’s qualified teachers visit the children at home according to the needs identified in their personalized study programs and help them study the material being covered by their peers.  Some of the educational material is taught by World ORT Kadima Mada’s teachers on-line and is accessed synchronously by the children through an advanced technological distance learning platform which is installed by World ORT Kadima Mada in their homes. Some of the special needs children served by the program also qualify for physical assistance during study periods and para-medical treatment.