Born near Gondar in Ethiopia, Wovite, aged 10, together with her mother and seven older siblings, made her way on foot through Sudan to make Aliya during Operation Moses, in 1984, a journey that took two years.
Wovite spent her high school years at Yemin Orde Youth Village and after graduating, participated her national service as a teaching assistant at a school in Safed. This was to be her first step on the road to an interesting and fulfilling career in education.
With her national service completed, Wovite completed her B.A. in Informal Education and an M.A. in Educational Administration from Bar Ilan’s Department of Education. She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from Hebrew University’s School of Education.
The topic of her doctoral dissertation was “Adolescents in cultural transition – the connection between ethnic identity perceived discrimination and dropouts from the education system”. Dr. Worku Mengstu is a graduate of the Mandel School of Leadership and has a teaching certificate in Oral Torah Law from Bar Ilan University’s Education Department.
Wovite has been a lecturer at the David Yellin School of Education’s Department of Informal Education since 2012. Her academic involvement includes participating in international conferences, while some of her lectures deal with various aspects of the Ethiopian Israeli community – models of success, as well as factors that predict school dropouts.
In addition to her academic work, Wovite is the National Supervisor of Advancing Immigrant Youth at Risk and is involved in developing study programs for youth at risk at the Ministry of Education. She also volunteers as Olim Beyahad, a non-profit organization.
In 2013, she received the Matanel Award for Education from the Van Leer Institute for her unique educational activities that are integrated with theory.
Wovite is the author of two books:
“Almaz Posa’at B’Shvilei Yalduta” (“Almaz Walks on the Paths of her Childhood”), Worku Mengstu, W. and Wasendake T. (2015). Photo, left
“Petza Patuach Yehudei Etiopia Tachat Hakibush Haitalki 1936-1941” (“Open Wound – Ethiopian Jews Under Italian Occupation 1936-1941”), Worku Mengstu, W. and Belete, D. (2017).
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