Ort World Congress in Rome Hears Report on 85 Years of Achievements

The achievements of the ORT in its work of providing vocational training for Jews during the 85 years of its existence were emphasized here today at the international congress of the World ORT Union by Daniel Mayer, chairman of the executive of the organization. “The ORT,” he said, “is working to pull out of the modern ghettoes those Jews who are still confined there. To achieve this task much dedication and perseverance is needed.”

Israel’s Minister of Education Zalman Aranne addressing the delegates, said that Israel where ORT maintains vocational training schools, would have to concentrate on establishing 100,000 new school places within the next seven years to meet the educational needs of recent immigrants from North Africa. In order to create the needed facilities, Mr. Aranne said efforts would be directed at increasing the training of primary and secondary school teachers and to provide the initial added space for youths 14 to 17 years of age of whom only 60 percent now receive adequate schooling. He emphasized that ORT would be very helpful in these efforts.

Delegates attending the Congress from 30 countries heard messages of greeting from Israel President Zalman Shazar, Foreign Minister Golda Meir, Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro and a message of appreciation from the Dalai Lama of Tibet for the training of Tibetan refugees at the ORT school in Iran. Italian Undersecretary of State Giuseppe Lupis addressed the gathering on behalf of the government.

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