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Ort Schools Expect 50,000 Enrollment; No Space for Further 40,000

More than 47,600 persons were enrolled last year in the international vocational training and education programs conducted by ORT, the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training, it was revealed in the new edition of the ORT Yearbook, published here yesterday. The organization ended a meeting of its international executive committee in Geneva yesterday which considered new measures to meet the impact of Middle East events, including reports of large-scale migration from North Africa.

The publication noted that although two-and-a-half times as many people were receiving ORT instruction and other forms of economic assistance on January 1, 1967 as on the same day ten years ago, there were some 40,000 youth in Israel and thousands of others in France, Iran, India and other countries for whom accommodations were not available in ORT schools.

ORT’s facilities in Israel, the yearbook revealed, was by far the largest single national program in the organization’s world-wide network. More than half of the total of ORT trainees, 26,700, studied 71 trade and industrial skills there. Total cost of the ORT endeavors in 1966 was $12,900,000.

The yearbook forecast that about 50,000 persons would be enrolled during 1967, with greatest increases expected in Israel and France. Iran and Latin America are other areas where significant growth is expected.

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