Left to right: Edna Pinchover, Director of the Hadassah School;
Avigdor Kaplan, Director General of the Hadassah Medical Center; two
representatives of the Hadassah School;and Amram Mitzna, Chair of the Knesset Education, Culture, and Sport
The Hadassah School, comprised of inpatients of the Hadassah
Medical Organization, has launched a new code of ethics for its multicultural student
population of all ages.
Operating out of the Pediatric Unit at Hadassah's Hospital in Ein
Kerem, the school is open to all children who are hospitalized there,
regardless of age or length of hospitalization. The school’s multicultural staff
includes teachers, teaching assistants, and volunteers, both Jewish and Arab,
as well as religious and secular. The school aims to provide the students with
the best quality of life possible and to aid in their recovery.
With the intention of outlining a set of values that would provide
a quality environment for all children, regardless of culture or background, Director
Edna Pinchover led a campaign, together with a multidisciplinary special
committee, to create a code of ethics for the school. Highlighting the central
goal of maintaining professionalism, integrity, and excellence, the code
addresses issues such as ensuring safety, respect, and self-esteem for the
students; encouraging positive behavior among students and staff; and enhancing
faith among colleagues and cooperation within the multicultural staff. The code
also encourages self-evaluation on the part of the staff and ongoing dialogue
during times of conflict.
Hadassah Academic College (HAC) is dedicated to setting minds soaring and preparing young men and women for gratifying careers. The College is committed to playing a vital role in sustaining Israel's economy by helping to fill the need for superbly trained, highly motivated professionals and entrepreneurs.
In addressing the staff at the launch, Member of Knesset
Amram Mitzna, Chair of the Knesset
Education, Culture, and Sport Committee, noted: “Being able to uphold the code,
combining education and schooling at a hospital for children and families in
distress, for whom education is not always on their minds, requires you, the
teachers and staff, to be both flexible and sensitive. You are an integral part
of this hospital; you don’t just educate the children, but are a part of their
healing and recovery. You enable them to return to their schools faster and
acclimate to everyday life more seamlessly. I have only praise for your