The Education Sub-Committee was established by Injaz in 2017 in cooperation with prominent other non-profits, including Musawa, Adala, and the High Follow-up Committee for Education and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, as well as with the leaders of the Arab municipalities. The sub-committee serves as the platform for the municipal leaders to organize their concerns and needs within the context of education, both formal and informal.
The sub-committee’s members meet monthly and serve as the primary professional body interfacing with the government, most prominently with the Ministry of Education. In addition, task forces within the sub-committee have been established for professionals in the field of youth informal education, as well as one for local education department heads.
By way of these forums the municipal professionals have formulated plans, proposals and requests that are designed to improve the educational opportunities for Arab residents and have created a body of “shared knowledge” and effective tools that strengthens their voice vis-à-vis the government with regard to educational matters.
Among the concrete achievements of the sub-committee have been:
- Significantly increasing federal budget allocations for educational projects
- Positively impacting educational regulations
- Improving educational project implementation and impact
The Environment Sub-Committee was created to advance the needs of the Arab
municipalities in all areas related to the environment. The sub-committee focusses its efforts on promoting long-term, sustainable solutions to environmental challenges and hazards endemic in Arab communities, including advancing a broad systemic approach to developing environmental awareness and the involvement of local leaders.
The sub-committee also serves as a platform for interfacing with the federal government and conveying a clear message that the Arab public is committed to improving the quality of its local environment, and that it expects the government to invest resources in environmental projects on par with those invested in Jewish and mixed municipalities.
Specific issues tackled by the sub-committee include:
- Developing funding for environmental projects
- Redressing environmental hazards
- Advancing the professional capabilities of Arab municipalities for environmental management
- Promoting environmental education and public involvement in environmental protection and sustainability
The principal challenges in the area of environmental protection in the Arab
- A lack of a waste and sewage treatment infrastructure
- Proximity to pollution sites (quarries, landfills, sewage treatment facilities and radiation exposure)
- A lack of green spaces and public areas
- Waste collection and removal
These challenges, among many others, are what define the work of the sub-committee