ORT is the largest Jewish non-profit, non- governmental education and training organization in the world, providing the skills and knowledge that empower students to become contributing members of society.
ORT as a Global Organization
Founded in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1880.
Activities in more than 100 countries past and present with current operations in Israel, the CIS and Baltic States, Latin America, Western Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
More than 300,000 students worldwide benefit from an ORT education annually.
ORT in Israel
ORT Israel has 162 educational establishments: junior and senior high schools, industrial schools, technology and academic colleges, adult education courses in 30 locations.
More than 100,000 students – Jews, Israeli Arabs, Druze, Bedouins, and new immigrants – are educated at ORT Israel schools, colleges and institutions (a further 18,000 at other schools in Israel are helped by ORT’s programs).
ORT graduates comprise 20 percent of Israel’s hi-tech workforce.
ORT creates junior and senior high school programs offering valuable skills for employment in advanced technologies.
Special ORT programs integrate Ethiopian immigrant communities and Druze communities into Israeli society and provide them with the skills they need to gain qualifications in hi-tech subjects.
ORT has after-school learning and other programs customized to help students from underprivileged backgrounds realize their potential.
World ORT, working with the Ministry of Education and various municipalities, is raising the standard of science and technology education in more than 30 campuses through Kadima Mada (Science Journey) – a multi-million-dollar program that brings state-of-the-art equipment, pedagogical development and material support to needy communities.
ORT in the CIS and Baltic States
More than 50 schools and educational institutions and centres in 30 locations.
More than 26,000 students in the CIS and Baltic States are educated by ORT each year.
ORT is active in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania and Kyrgyzstan. ORT provides training for Jewish people prior to aliyah, and Jewish people wishing to stay in the CIS and Baltic States, including unaffiliated Jewish people who would otherwise have no involvement in the community.
ORT assists Jewish people to obtain professional employment through its vocational training centres.
ORT offers ICT training to women at 15 fully equipped, advanced communications technology centres in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus through ORT KesherNet, enabling them to benefit from wider employment opportunities.
ORT in Latin America
World ORT’s multimillion dollar campaign to support education and vocational training programs throughout Latin America is helping Jewish communities to emerge vigorously from years of socioeconomic problems. The major beneficiary countries – Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay – match international funds with money raised by their respective communities.
ORT Argentina is the continent’s largest ORT network with two technical high schools, two post-secondary institutes of technology and a teacher training college. It has more than 7,100 students – more than 80% of Jewish children who attend a Jewish high school are educated by ORT.
ORT Uruguay University is among the top two percent of the world’s tertiary institutions, according to The Times Higher Education Supplement.
ORT resumed activities in Cuba in 2000. Since then it has been the leading provider of Jewish education and technological training for the community.
ORT has been providing non-sectarian humanitarian support to disadvantaged people in Africa, Eastern Europe, Latin America and Asia since 1960.
ORT IC projects, which are financed by multilateral development institutions, bilateral donor agencies, private companies and foundations, have benefited more than 2 million people in 92 countries.
ORT provides technical assistance, training and capacity building services in a wide variety of sectors, including: technical and vocation education and training, skills development, ICT, health and nutrition, mother and child care, agriculture and rural development, good governance and democracy building, and transportation.