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English to be taught at mandatory kindergartens in Jerusalem

Amid the increasing importance of English in everyday life, the Municipality is launching the program in 2023 to enrich the quality of education

The Municipality of Jerusalem announced that it has decided to add the study of English to the curriculums of all 150 of the city's mandatory kindergartens, starting from the 2023-24 school year.     

In March, the Municipality will launch a pilot program, at a cost of about 2 million shekels, in which about 50 kindergartens will start teaching English as a second language. The implementation of the ESL program at all kindergartens, starting from the next school year, will cost 6 million shekels.   

Outstanding college students and retired senior citizens who are completely fluent in the language will teach the lessons after they undergo training by kindergarten staff and the Municipality's Education Administration.  

The connection of the kindergartens to the students and the senior citizens is a win-win situation for the Municipality. The enrichment of the connection between the communities and the various members of the public in the city provides added value for all sides.

The mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, said "English studies are essential for everyday life, and thus we decided to launch a program that will enrich the quality of education of the children in kindergartens. The children in mandatory kindergartens will enter first grade with knowledge and ability that will strengthen their self-confidence as well as the independent capability of every child in the city. Education in Jerusalem is excellent, and we intend to continue to enhance it in the years to come."

Deputy Mayor Hagit Moshe, who also holds the education portfolio, said "It is one of the most important initiatives that I initiated as holder of the education portfolio, and also as a mother and a grandmother. The English language is a key to development in every possible field, from academic studies to realization of one's potential in the job market. I hope that in another 15 years we will see the benefits for these kindergarten students, with knowledge and command of the most important language in the world."

The head of the Municipality's Education Administration, Yoav Zimi Zamran, said " All research shows that children in kindergarten are ready for the study of a second language. The city of Jerusalem, as in all fields of education, continues to be a groundbreaker and a leader in the field of education in the State of Israel."                      

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