International Parley Hears Report on Education of Arabs in Israel

Israel’s efforts to train Arab teachers for the public schools set up for Israel’s Arab children were outlined here today by Moshe Avidor, director of the Israel Department of Education, at the 18th International Conference on Public Education. The parley, sponsored by the International Bureau of Education and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has attracted leading educators from 69 countries.

Mr. Avidor reported that it has not been possible before now to open a teachers’ college for Arab teachers because there has not been an overall Arab secondary school system from which to draw candidates. Last summer, he said, 130 young Arab men and women took an intensive training course at the end of which they received teaching certificates. It was hoped that many of these 130 would enter a teachers college which was projected, but too few registered and the college never got under way. Many of the special course graduates were then hired as untrained teachers.

The Israel educator proposed that the international conference recommend the establishment of a fund–under UNESCO administration–to provide educational assistance for underdeveloped countries. He projected such a fund to provide longterm loans for the construction of schools and for the development of teacher training programs.

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