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The Ministry of Education must build organizational and professional systems to take care of the problems of racism in schools and to prevent them

first Published  : 27/12/2016   Last Updated: 27/12/2016 

   

This morning, November 21, a deliberation was held at the Knesset’s State Control Committee following on the failure of the Ministry of Education to implement a shared life and to prevent racism in the institutions for which it is responsible.

 

As may be remembered, the central defects that the State Comptroller Yosef Shapira pointed to in the report that was published on September 22, 2016 included: failure to implement central elements to strengthen education for democracy; lack of measuring the phenomenon of racism; failure to implement programs for a shared life; lack of training and professional development for teachers; very little activity in societal and youth administration; lack of utilization of the activity of non-governmental organizations.

 

The position paper that was distributed today by the Coalition against Racism to Knesset members and to members of the Knesset’s State Control Committee in preparation for the deliberation (see attached) stated that the report validated the views that members of the Coalition had raised at various opportunities with representatives of the Ministry of Education, with the Education Committee of the previous Knesset, and with the Education Committee of the current Knesset, regarding the urgent need for a binding policy and for a comprehensive arrangement to implement education to prevent racism in all the institutions. 

 

Regarding the Coalition against Racism’s expectations of the Knesset’s State Control Committee, Dr. Esther Ilem, member of the Coalition against Racism, said: “We must demand that the representatives of the Ministry of Education respond practically to the claims of the State Comptroller’s report, in a manner that will embody a suitable response to the demands that the report raises.  The Ministry of Education must build organizational and professional systems to take care of the problems of racism in schools and to prevent them.  Likewise, the Committee must set a model of partnered tracking after its recommendations and the recommendations of the report are implemented, including among other things, an additional time that the Ministry of Education will present its efforts on the subject.”

Dr. Ilem added: “The replies of the representatives of the Ministry of Education to the Committee were general and the fact that representatives of the highest level were absent is a symbol, unfortunately, of the policy which the Ministry adopts.”

 

The Coalition against Racism unites more than 40 organizations from all communities in Israel and from every segment of society, working together towards the common goal of eradicating racism and advancing tolerance in Israel.