MWU's Department of Education was established in 2003 and has set the global mission of strengthening the Movement's Jewish-Zionist Ideology and re-energizing the Jewish-Zionist educational dialog in Maccabi or Maccabi-affiliated structures.
The Department has the overall responsibility for MWU’s educational activity in Israel – including activities generated by the Department itself, as well as that of the MWU territorial Desks and significant educational initiatives in the Diaspora. The Dept. gives direction, attentively monitors and supervises the Movement's educational activity.
Our Movement's extensive spread over about 400 institutions in 60 countries, the reality of huge country-to-country variations and communication gaps all too often isolate Maccabi Institutions from one another. Additional negative effects emerge from the surge of Post-Modernism, postponing and often altogether removing ideological dialog and discourse in the communities. It is the Department's express aim to invigorate ideological dialog and discourse based on MWU's twin ideals of Jewish-Zionist Continuity and the Centrality of the State of Israel in Jewish life in Maccabi institutions worldwide. The Department's method is to create learning communities, meaning groups of Maccabi members engaged and connected to one another in continuous study and learning of the central issues and aspects of the modern Jewish experience.
Of these, the most successful example is the continentwide establishment in 2005 of Maccabi Tzair CLAM youth movement, which staged three continental seminars (in Uruguay, Argentina & Chile), attracting to each around 300 of the best madrichim from CLAM constituent T.O.'s.