(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Education Ministry has announced plans to invest NIS 15 million over the
school year to increase the number of students visiting Jerusalem on school
The plan “We’re Going Up to Jerusalem” (Na’aleh l’yerushalayim)
was unveiled last week as part of Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s proposals
for the school year.
The ministry said the increased investment has
already more than doubled the number of students visiting Jerusalem – a total it
expects will reach more than 500,000 pupils by the end of the school
The programs will be divided into three age-specific groups, and
are part of the Israeli core curriculum’s emphasis on “awareness of the state of
Israel, and love of the motherland.”
Sa’ar has also ordered his ministry
to increase the number of students taking part in “Israeli Journey,” a six-day
school field-trip program which the ministry says is devoted to “strengthen
students’ Zionist and Jewish identity,” as well as “strengthening students’
connection to [the] people, land, and the State of Israel.” Roughly 15,000
students are expected to take part in the program this year – as opposed to
9,000 last year.
The ministry’s goal is to increase the number of
students taking part in the program to 18,000. It has invested NIS 10m. toward
The six-day field trip include visits to historical sites
across Israel – which focus on the history of the Jewish people from the days of
the Bible, through the founding of the state, to the present day.
students carry a Bible and a map, meet local leaders and camp-out in nature.
They are also expected to take part in volunteer efforts during the trip to help
residents of the periphery.