Mofet Association (the acronym for Mathematics, Physics and Culture in Hebrew) is a non-profit public institution, which promotes personal excellence in the studies of mathematics; physics, computers, English and social science, in a constant strive for the development of a valuable Israeli community.
Mofet’s unique anthropological process – The initiative of founding in Israel a school, which emphasizes mathematics education for the talented and motivated students, was first suggested in the 1970s by a group of teachers from the former Soviet Union. However, Zeev Geizel and Yakov Mazganov, two new immigrants who had many years of experience as teachers in schools for the gifted in the former Soviet Union, applied the idea only in the 1990s. Their idea was to base such a school on a number of aspects, which are applied to this day. Initially, their efforts to build an independent route within the Israeli educational system without any institutional assistance were not successful.
In 1992, Mazganov opened up an educational centre in the Shevach School in Tel Aviv that offered extracurricular activities in the afternoon, which ultimately brought about the establishment of the Mofet Association. There was substantial demand for the afternoon enrichment programmes offered by Mazganov and his colleagues. Following the success of these activities Mazganov and Geizel, established an association with the objective of setting up a network of schools for mathematics and physics in Israel. Both wanted the name of the association to include the letters M, F, and T, which make up Mathematics, Physics and Culture (in Hebrew). Eventually, they came up with the name Mofet, which included all of the letters and had the implication of excellence.
The opening of special morning classes, in 1994, for highly motivated students, immigrant from the former Soviet Union, marked the beginning of the move from enrichment studies to classes in the formal education framework, which was a crucial step in the association’s development. In 1997, Orna Schneiderman became the Israeli director of the Mofet Association. Schneiderman, who understood Mofet’s potential for implementation in Israel’s mainstream, realized that the approach could work for any student and therefore should be disseminated amongst the non-immigrant Israeli population as well. In 2007, Mofet’s entry into the Arab and Druze sectors was a radical event.
Mofet’s adaptation to the characteristics, community needs and believes of school – The integration of Mofet’s multidisciplinary programme in schools consists of the implementation and application of the principals and distinction of the programme based on a number of aspects:
The selective identification of outstanding students
A teaching staff with advanced degrees (MA & PhD)
A favorable approach to mathematics and physics
Extra – curricular programmes
A continuity of study from one grade to the next
An ongoing relationships with institutions of higher learning
Mofet’s team consists of highly experienced senior management and educators who are responsible of the instruction and guidance of the team school in charge of the integration of the programme following Mofet’s principals, in approximately 120 Junior High and High Schools all over the country.
Mofet’s graduates are those who lead research and development of science and economy, thus basing a strong foundation for a creative, stable and reasonable society.
This is achieved through:
Education towards excellence as a way of life.
Development of multidisciplinary excellence.
Encouragement of highly learning motivated students.
Formation of a six-year multidisciplinary-programme-classroom-framework, which serves as a stimulus to the designing of a culture of excellence in school.
Mofet is implemented within a broad integrative nationwide scope: 20,000 students study in 120 educational institutes within 60 authorities, specifically in the peripheral areas of society, including the Jews secular and religious sector, the Druze sector and the Arab sector.
Mofet Alumni represents devotedly the Mofet vision, in the IDF, in the academic world and in the Israeli society.
Mofet alumni view the academic world as an integrated part of their future. Due to the strong foundation, the tools they acquired in the course of their studies, their motivation and desire to be part of the decision makers, they contribute to the Israeli society.
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