As of the 2013-14 school year, the Primary School at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam has full recognition from the Israeli Ministry of Education as an independent, public school.
This is a status the school staff and supporters have long pursued, and it entitles the Primary School to funding from the Ministry.
But despite this good news, there is still a tremendous and urgent need for support, in part because of the school’s unique structure: the Primary School is committed to a bilingual, bi-national curriculum — one of the school’s founding principles — but this requires two teachers in every classroom, one Arabic speaker and one Hebrew speaker. This makes the school unique in its region but, again, requires a level of funding beyond that offered by the Ministry of Education.
In the meantime, working with the Ministry of Education, the school began last year the process of becoming fully modernized. The school received 20 computer work stations for children, six workstations for teachers, and each teacher received a computer. Equipment was installed in each of the classrooms and teachers began an ongoing training program in the integration of technology into the classroom.
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