Chotam’s mission is to provide children with top-quality education and the opportunity to choose their future, regardless of their socioeconomic background. By recruiting Israel’s best and brightest to educate and inspire students, the program aims to make a profound and much-needed impact on both the country’s education system and social fabric. Chotam was founded in 2010 by the Naomi Foundation, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the Israeli Ministry of Education, and Hakol Hinuch.
Based on the well-reputed Teach For America and Teach First (UK) programs, and a member of Teach For All (the global network of independent social enterprises working to expand educational opportunities in their countries), Chotam recruits and selects top candidates, trains them in a five week intensive summer training course called “Chotam Naomi,” and places them in classrooms in socially and economically challenged areas of the country, and provides them with regular and ongoing support throughout their two-year commitment to the program. Most program graduates stay in the teaching profession, some going on to pursue careers as principals and other school leadership.