Jack Ma Rural Headmaster Initiative International Study Tour – 2019
20 school principals, from remote villages throughout China, who were carefully selected from a long list of hundreds of candidates, arrived in Israel on May 22, for an 8 day tour to learn about education in Israel. This seminar was sponsored by Jack Ma (founder of Alibaba) and The Jack Ma Education Foundation.
The 8 day tour, organized by the Business department of the Vered Travel Group in conjunction with One Step Ahead – a subsidiary of the Vered Group, consisted of touring educational institutes around the country, meetings with professionals in the field of education which included lectures, and workshops led by Orly Vered, founder of One Step Ahead.
The group also spent time discovering Israel by touring the sites of the old and new city of Jerusalem as well as other sites around the country. They participated in a Kabbalat Shabbat with a family in Yeruham, and spent a day visiting Masada and the Dead Sea, culminating in a unique dining experience in an authentic Bedouin tent.
The 20 principals were joined by four Alibaba escorts who work for the Jack Ma Foundation and eight media professionals from Alibaba.