Boost for investment in Arab education

Israel is preparing a NIS300 million (US$77 million) investment in higher education for its minorities, writes Ben Hartman for The Jewish Chronicle. Under the programme, institutions will have to offer remedial Hebrew courses, translate their websites into Arabic and make special counselling available to Arab students, or risk losing funds.

The Council for Higher Education will also open 25 information centres in the Arab sector by 2016 to offer advice to prospective students. Noa Binstein, who works in the budgetary department of the council and helped produce a report on the matter, said bringing more Arab students into higher education “will allow them to pursue a greater variety of careers and present new opportunities that they would not be able to attain otherwise”.

Amnon Be’er-Sulitzeani, executive director of the Abraham Fund Initiatives in Israel, which works to advance cooperation between Jews and Arabs, said that while the report paints a troubling picture of inequality, it is also encouraging in that it shows that the council takes the matter very seriously.
Full report on The Jewish Chronicle Online site