The government approved on Sunday a plan to create a national volunteering program which will allow retired seniors to volunteer within the school system and receive financial remuneration and benefits.
As a first step to the project, which had been initiated by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry for Senior Citizens, it was decided that an inter-ministerial committee headed by the director-generals of both ministries will be appointed to formulate a model for how the program would be conducted.
According to the project, senior citizens will be able to volunteer as assistants in kindergartens, help children with homework, conduct workshops in schools, or volunteer in youth groups and community centers.
Education Minister Shai Piron stressed the importance of integrating senior citizens into the education system, which he said would “help promote inter-generational communication, and connect the young generation with the old generation.”
“Similarly, senior citizens will acknowledge their educational responsibility towards society and the younger generation,” he said.