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Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center is a Laboratory of Gender Equality Development

Often enough, the most wondrous things are hiding in plain sight. Such is the case with the Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC), facing a busy street just off a main avenue; one may pass it dozens of times without stopping to ponder what the nature of this welcoming building is.

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A new challenge nurtures young innovators who aspire to put ideas into practice.

Haifa Teen Tech is a hackathon competition aimed to expose young technological entrepreneurs, aged 15-18, to the advantages of the state of Israel and the city of Haifa as an international scientific and technological center. Founder and Director of Haifa Teen Tech, Liora Kalish: "The first competition took place on December 2017, was very successful, and the response was overwhelming. I have to say that it even exceeded what we—the team that worked on it for two years—have expected.

"The success led to the Mayor—backed by the other partners, such as the Technion and Haifa University, Intel, IBM, Philips, etc.—deciding to make this an annual tradition. This year, the event will celebrate 70 years to the State of Israel; therefore, there will be seventy participants—half from around the world, half from Israel—as opposed to sixty in the previous time.

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Better and richer future for the kids is what Haifa's Early Education Department is after; professionals from around the world come to marvel and replicate the methods

The great opera singer Luciano Pavarotti once said, "I believe that if children are not introduced to music at an early age, something fundamental is being taken from them". The same is true, though, about science, art, sports and many other fields, as seeds not sown at an early age will not sprout and blossom later on in life.

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