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November 16, 2012 2:56 pm

Ulpan for Ethiopian Kids Opens in Sderot Despite Rockets

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A Jewish Ethiopian child holds an Israeli flag. Photo: Ethiopian Diaspora Forum.

AMIT, a religious educational network of about 108 schools and youth programs in Israel, has started Ulpan courses for Ethiopian immigrants in Sderot despite the continuous shelling of rockets on the area by Hamas. The classes will teach Hebrew language and other subjects to Ethiopian children who came to Israel last month through the Operation Dove’s Wings, and are now living at the Ibim Absorption Center near Sderot.

“The school has been notified and has prepared teachers and learning facilities on short notice. We believe that genuine cooperation in their absorption, until their parents move to permanent housing anywhere in the country, will help in making these children significant citizens in Israeli society,” Moti Arbel, head of the Sderot campus, said in a statement.

“The kids are actually safer at the school than in their homes,” AMIT spokesman Shmulik Klein said, according to the Jerusalem Post.

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