Tag Archive for Israel education

World’s smartest child wants to study biotechnology, medicine in Israel 

Laurent Simons, a 9 yr-old prodigy, approached the Israeli embassy in Brussels seeking information, admitting his desire to begin his advanced studies in Israel.

By Itamar Eichner


A Belgian child prodigy who is the world’s youngest person to receive an undergraduate degree is eager to continue his education in Israel.

Nine-year-old Laurent Simons of Belgium has approached the Israeli embassy in Brussels, saying he would like to explore his possibilities for advanced studies in Israel.

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REPORT: Israel ranks 3rd most educated country

Israel outranks U.S., all European countries for percentage of citizens aged 25-64 holding degree in higher education, be it academic or vocational, according to latest OECD report.

By Abigail Klein Leichman


Israel is the third most educated country, according to 2017 data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

OECD calculated the percentage of each country’s population between the ages of 25 and 64 who have completed a two- or four-year degree beyond high school – including both academic and vocational programs.

The data shows that 50.9 percent of Israelis in the target age bracket have a higher-education degree. Continue Reading »

Poll: 48% of E. Jerusalem parents would prefer Israeli school curriculum

Although the Jerusalem Municipality is investing massive resources in east Jerusalem education, including enrichment programs, a poll in the city’s Arab schools reflects a spike in preference for Israeli curriculum, rather than the Palestinian’s.

By Yori Yalon


Forty-eight percent of parents whose children are enrolled in schools in east Jerusalem do not want them studying the curriculum provided by the Palestinian Authority, according to a recent poll conducted by the Jerusalem Municipality.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett visiting Israeli classroom – Photo source: Naftali Bennett/Facebook

The city, which polled hundreds of parents of east Jerusalem students, found a sharp decline in parents’ satisfaction with the Palestinian curriculum, which is used in Arab schools in the east of the city, as well as a notable rise in demand for the Israeli curriculum. Continue Reading »

Israel to seek replacing Palestinian curriculum in East Jerusalem with Israeli syllabus


Israel’s cabinet approved a plan to encourage schools in East Jerusalem to begin teaching the Israeli curriculum instead of the current Palestinian curriculum to “influence the future youth in the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem and their integration into Israeli society in the long term.”



The cabinet on Sunday approved a plan submitted by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Jerusalem Affairs Minister Ze’ev Elkin to encourage schools in east Jerusalem to teach an Israeli curriculum as opposed to the Palestinian school curriculum.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett visiting Israeli classroom – Photo source: Naftali Bennett/Facebook

“The time has come that also in east Jerusalem [pupils] will learn the Israeli curriculum from first grade,” Bennett said. Continue Reading »

Report: Israeli Schools Teach Peace, Palestinians Prefer Jihad


Global educational watchdog reports Israeli textbooks teach peace as the ultimate goal, while Abbas’ PA approved Palestinian schools encourage conflict and jihad, ignoring any possibility of peace with Jews or Israelis.

By Israel Today Staff


Two recent studies have found that while the Israeli school curriculum makes a great effort to promote peace between Jews and Arabs, the Palestinian Authority school curriculum is doing the exact opposite in violation of signed peace agreements.

UK Labour funds play of Gaza Children incited to Kill Jews – Screenshot, YouTube

Both studies were conducted by IMPACT-SE, and organization that “monitors and analyzes education across the world to determine compliance with international standards on peace and tolerance.” Continue Reading »

On First Day of School Israel’s PM Tells Kids to Study Bible, Seek Coexistence

On the first day of the new school year, PM Netanyahu has an important message for both Jewish & Arab children, ‘First of all, study the Bible….We are meant to live together.’

By Israel Today Staff


Much to the delight of parents, the new school year has begun in Israel, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had two related messages for students: study the Bible and seek peaceful coexistence.

Earlier this week, Netanyahu told his cabinet that he wants to “carry out an education revolution based on two things: excellence and Zionism.”

Central to achieve that is the study of the Bible, the prime minister insisted. Continue Reading »

REPORT: IDF combat soldiers will be given college scholarships after discharge

Full scholarships to pursue a university degree or professional certification upon completion if combat service will be funded by the IDF, the Friends of the IDF and the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers.



Israeli combat soldiers will receive full scholarships from the military to pursue a university degree or professional certification.

The scholarships will be funded by the Israel Defense Forces, as well as the Friends of the IDF and the Association for the Wellbeing of Israel’s Soldiers, the Israeli Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot reported.

In a recent meeting, IDF Chief of Staff Gen. Gadi Eisenkot asked Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to help him find the funds to offer such scholarships to only to combat soldiers, but to all soldiers after their service, according to Ynet, the English-language sister publication of Yediot. Continue Reading »

Int’l Report: Israel’s housing & poverty in bad shape, but Israelis are educated & happy


According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Israel ranks poorly for income, housing market & poverty, yet Israelis express high satisfaction with life, as the Jewish State places high for education levels & good health.

By Liron Sahar


Israelis suffer from low wages, a difficult housing market and poverty, according to a report released Sunday by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on the nation’s “well-being”.

Israeli looks in a dumpster – Photo: Motti Kimchi

Israel is highly-ranked in several areas, particularly level of satisfaction with life in the country, health and acquiring education. Continue Reading »

Israeli kids to lean of forced exile of 800,000 Jews from Arab countries, Iran


At event where thousands commemorate the Jews expelled from Arab countries, Minister Gila Gamliel announces that now every Israeli child will learn about the 800,000 Jews who were forced to flee or were banished from Middle Eastern & North African Muslim countries, just as they learn about Europe.

By Mati Tuchfeld


Thousands of people attended Israel’s first official commemoration event for Jews expelled from Arab countries and Iran, held in Jerusalem on Monday.

Social Equity Minister Gila Gamliel on Monday – Photo: Dudi Vaaknin

Social Equity Minister Gila Gamliel spearheaded the initiative, calling the event “Longing for Home.”

The ceremony began with a moment of silence for Jews killed in pogroms in Arab countries and Iran. Continue Reading »

Knesset approves bill requiring Arabic classes beginning with first graders


Knesset’s bill makes it compulsory for Arabic to be taught in Jewish schools & Hebrew to be taught in Arab schools, beginning in the first grade, as a way to usher coexistence.

By Gideon Allen


A bill that would make it mandatory for Arabic to be taught in Jewish schools and Hebrew to be taught in Arab schools from the first grade passed its initial reading in the Knesset Wednesday.
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Global Index Ranks Israel 4th Best Country To Raise Children


Austria comes in best country, followed by Finland, Sweden, and then Israel according to the Family Life Index, carried out by the Inter Nations institute surveying 41 countries.

By i24news


Austria has been ranked as the best place in the world for expat families to bring up their children, according to the Family Life Index carried out by the Inter Nations institute.

Finland and Sweden came second and third respectively, with Israel finding itself in a very respectable fourth place after scoring highly in categories such as availability of childcare and education as well as family well-being.

“Swedish with Baby” was started in 2012 by two mothers on parental leave who wanted to help break young parents’ isolation in the home – Photo: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/File

New Zealand came in fifth, with the US taking the 25th spot and Saudi Arabia coming in last at 41. Continue Reading »

Druze town achieves top spot for Israel’s high school matriculation tests

Beit Jann, in northern Israel, ranks #1 for first time, with nearly 95% of its students eligible for matriculation certificate, whereas the Jewish ultra-Orthodox & Arab towns continue to hold bottom slots. 

By Shahar Chai


The Druze village of Beit Jann Israel’s highest rate of matriculation certificate eligibility among high school students in the 2013-14 school year, according to rankings released on Wednesday by the Education Ministry. The town previously came in at third and second places in the last two years, and by achieving the top spot, it has made good on a promise by its regional council chief. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Shin Bet busts ISIS Beduin cell that includes 4 school teachers in Negev

The 4, working in Israeli schools, spread the group’s propaganda among their students, family members & associates in hopes they’d join the Islamic State in Syria.



Security forces have arrested six Israeli Beduin men from the Negev town of Houra, four of whom work as school teachers, for allegedly supporting the Islamic State terrorist organization.

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ISIS cell arrested by Shin Bet – Photo: SHIN BET

The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) revealed Monday that the men were arrested over the past two months.  They allegedly took part in secret meetings in which they discussed Islamic State doctrine, and spread the group’s propaganda among their family members and associates.
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Palestinian MK Tibi gets History lesson on Twitter about Nakba Day

Palestinian Knesset Member responds to former Likud minister’s Tweet  slamming former education minister Piron for supporting to teach ‘Nakba Day’ in Israeli schools.

By Ynet


Former Likud minister Gideon Sa’ar and Arab MK Ahmad Tibi engaged in a war of words on Twitter on Saturday night over a call to include “Nakba Day” in the Israeli school curriculum.

Arab MK Ahmad Tibi (left) & Former Likud minister Gideon Sa’ar (right) – Photos: AFP, Alex Kolomoisky

Sa’ar slammed former education minister Shai Piron of Yesh Atid on Saturday. over the latter’s support for the addition of Nakba Day to the curriculum. Continue Reading »