The Education Ministry announced Tuesday that it would transfer NIS 2 million for day camps to be attended by children in Sderot and other towns bordering the Gaza Strip. The decision came following Education Minister Yuli Tamir's visit to the Sha'ar Hanegev School on Monday.
"We can't stop the Kassam rockets, but we can help students and residents in the area by creating a normative reality for the children," Tamir said.
The day camps will operate for two weeks during the month of July, and will cater to approximately 6,000 kindergarten and elementary school children. Most of the activities for children from Sderot will take place out of the town. The Ministry budget will amount to about half of the total budget for the day camps.
The rest of the budget will come from local municipality and Jewish Agency funds, and from parent participation.