The World ORT education organization is seeking to establish a network of 25 “boutique” high schools excelling in science and technology studies in the Negev, Galilee and periphery of the country to reduce socio-economic gaps in the country.
Avi Ganon, CEO of World ORT Kadima Mada, World ORT's representative office in Israel, said on Tuesday that Israelis living outside of the country’s center are educationally disadvantaged and that better schools in such regions are critical to reducing such inequalities.
“I don’t want to hear about how only two pupils in the whole of Kiryat Malachi took five units of math for the high-school diploma, we cannot continue as a country with such a situation,” Ganon told The Jerusalem Post at World ORT’s General Assembly in Jerusalem.
“We need to work in the periphery, focus our resources on those areas, and reduce the gaps between pupils there and those from the center of the country.”
World ORT Kadima Mada currently runs three schools in the periphery, with another four now poised to join the new network, and seeks to expand to 25 schools within the next three years.
The organization says that the chain of schools will focus on educational fields relating to science and technology in order to provide pupils with the tools to deal with the requirements of the modern economy.