JERUSALEM (Sep. 27)
Absorption Minister Yaacov Tsur presented diplomas last week to 32 Ethiopian immigrants who completed a 14-month course to qualify as social and educational workers. The program is sponsored by the Absorption Ministry in cooperation with the Labor Ministry.
Thirty of the graduates have already found jobs in their fields. Some of them gained professional experience helping fellow immigrants. A number came to Israel 17 years ago and returned to Ethiopia as educators. When they returned to Israel two years ago they served as teachers and translators for the thousands of Ethiopians who immigrated to Israel in “Operation Moses” in 1985-86.
Tsur reported that a large-scale Ethiopian immigrant education project is almost completed. He said thousands of Ethiopians aged 18-28 are finishing vocational and academic studies.