Minister Yaakov Peri with Baka al-Gharbia residents370.
(photo credit: Courtesy of the Science Ministry)
The Science, Technology and Space Ministry on Monday dedicated a new
science education center in the Arab town of Baka al-Gharbia east of Hadera.
Minister Yaakov Peri and town mayor Morsi Abu-Moch said that NIS 150,000
was invested in the center, which will serve children and teens living in the
The center is part of a broad program for building science educational
centers in six more places -- Ofakim, Migdal Ha’emek, Sdot Negev, Majdal Krum.
Yafua and Beit Shean. Although a growing number of residents there have personal
computers, many are not connected to the Internet. Such centers allow young
people to study and play online freely so they have the same accessibility to
the world online as those with more economic and social advantages.
Peri said at the ceremony that the lack of accessibility to the world of
science and technology has created a worrisome gap that prevents
socioeconomically disadvantaged young people -- both Arabs and Jews -- from
reaching it. The use of such tools will make it easier for them to become
academics and succeed educationally, he added. “More young people will be
exposed to the world of science and curiosity from discovery,” the minister
The centers are being established inside public libraries. Youngsters will
be introduced to robotics, technology, biology, chemistry, physics and even
computerized music and art and the study of English, the ministry said. The
computers are equipped with interactive software, simulators, technological
models and more. Counselors are being trained to work with the youngsters.
The mayor of Baka Al-Gharbia was personally involved in supervising the
project. He said at the ceremony that the center will advance young people in
their studies and their life in general. “The learning experience in science
centers is different from that in schools and is meant to help them build a good
basis at a young age for enjoying new experiences and discoveries,” the mayor