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UN Development Program Will Aid Israel in Setting Up Science Instruction Center

The United Nations Development Program will assist Israel in the establishment of a National Center for Instruction in the Natural Sciences. The aid will be channeled through the United Nations Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (ENESCO), which signed the agreement yesterday with the Israeli Government to establish the center. This is the first project of its kind to be approved by the UN Development Program in any country. It is the first project approved for Israel in the field of education, while the 10th approved for Israel under the UN technical assistance program.

The aid will total $384,000 over three years while Israel will spend $571,428 over the same period for buildings, laboratories and manpower. The UN funds will also be used to bring to Israel international experts in the instruction of science. The Israeli center was established jointly by the Hebrew University, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Ministry of Education for the purpose of improving the level of science instruction in Israel’s secondary schools within a relatively short period of time.

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