Gaza Students to Learn Hebrew

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The Palestinian Ministry of Education announced a new extracurricular course for 7th and 8th-grade students in Gaza public schools: Hebrew. The language used to be taught in Gaza until the first Intifada. Teachers will include former prisoners of Israeli jails, where they studied the language. Roni Shaked reports.

The Educational system in Gaza announced on Monday (April 23) that Hebrew will be taught as part of an enrichment program, and the program will include one other foreign language: Turkish.

The Hebrew and Turkish classes will be open to seventh and eighth-grade students in the government-run schools in Gaza — which constitutes about half of all the schools in the Gaza Strip. The other half belongs to the educational system run by the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA).

Hebrew was studied in Gaza until the beginning of the First Intifada in 1987; several institutes featured Hebrew courses at the time. According to sources in Gaza, they do not anticipate a shortage of Hebrew teachers because numerous residents studied the language in various programs, including academic courses, while they were incarcerated in Israeli prisons. In addition, there are teachers in Gaza who completed their studies of the Hebrew language in Gaza’s two universities.

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