The Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC), established in Haifa in 1961, is one of MASHAV's first training centers. It was founded in order to train professional women and men from developing countries and transitional societies, providing them with the necessary tools for women's empowerment. To this end, three areas of study have been developed, all with the objective of enabling women to participate in the development process of their communities and consequently advance their status:
* Community Development, particularly NGO and Community Service Management, Media Strategies for Social Change, and Rehabilitation within the Community;
* Micro-enterprise Development, including Organization and Management, Support Systems and Rural Tourism, all with an emphasis on women entrepreneurs;
* Early Childhood Education, including teacher-training methodologies for kindergartens and day-care, children with special needs, parental involvement, emergent literacy, science, music and art.
The Center's underlying philosophy stresses the importance of bottom-up, grassroots-led development and the recognition of women's contribution to their countries' development. MCTC methodology incorporates a strongly "hands-on" approach, wherever possible based on observation visits, case studies presented by participants from their own work experience and problem solving through simulation exercises.
International courses are held in English, Spanish and French. In addition, several tailor-made courses and workshops are commissioned annually by government and non-governmental bodies on specific topics. Week-long International Seminars and Symposia take place biennially on development themes of current interest for women leaders active in public life in the developing and industrialized countries. Throughout the year two-to-three-week workshops are conducted in host countries at the request of government agencies or non-governmental organizations in the trainees' countries of origin.
MCTC cooperates with a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations (ACWF, CCBCC, Soros), international aid agencies (USAID, OAS, IDB, GIFRID, WBI), international women's organizations (Soroptimist International, Women's Mediterranean Forum, International Council of Women) and United Nations specialized agencies such as ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNCTAD and UNDP.
Women Building a New Reality
MCTC is also noted for its ongoing series of Seminars entitled “Women Building A New Reality: a dialogue between Israeli and Palestinian women” initiated after its International Conference for Women Leaders on the topic of Women's Role in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in 2003. Recent seminars have been designed for groups of women with a common interest or profession, such as, for example, educators or social workers and volunteers holding leadership positions within Arab society.
MCTC staff stress the vital role that women play in the development of their communities, and the need to provide opportunities to women and girls for education and employment, as well as to develop community services and leadership roles. MCTC and MASHAV intend to continue holding the Seminars, reaching out to groups of women in the Palestinian Authority and involving them in a dialogue leading to education for peace in the region.
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