Backward Cultural Conditions Among Jewish Colonists and Workers in Crimea Complained of by Crimean M

The backward cultural conditions among the Jewish colonists and workers in the Crimea were complained of by a representative of the Crimean Commissariat of Education in addressing the Second Conference of Jewish Cultural Workers in Crimea, opened yesterday at Simferopol, called for the purpose of considering how to improve the educational work in the Jewish colonies and in the factories and other industrial enterprises in which compact masses of Jewish workers have been placed in the last few years.

All Jewish children in the colonies are attending the Jewish schools, under the compulsory education, scheme, the representative of the Ministry of Education, said, but the Ministry of Education finds that in spite of that the standard of education among the children is very poor, because 80 per cent. of the Jewish teachers in the colonies are not qualified for the teaching profession.

The cultural work in Yiddish in the Crimea is one of the most backward branches of our work, it was complained by other speakers, who saw the reason in the lack of qualified Yiddish teachers. The more cultured type of settlers are repulsed, it was said, and those who have come to the Crimea are not inclined to stay for that reason.

Reports will be presented to the Conference by the Comzet and the Ozet on the cultural work among the settlers in the Jewish colonies in the Crimea and among the Yiddish-speaking workers in the towns of Simferopol, Sebastopol, Kertch, etc.

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