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Why is English literacy so important in Israel?

Shira* is 15. She’s dreamt of being a doctor since she was seven. Shira is an excellent student, but her school only offers limited hours of English education. As a result, her English is not strong enough to pass the English matriculation exam. Shira cannot even apply to medical school. Her mother, a teacher’s aide, and her father, a janitor, struggling to make ends meet, are disappointed.

They want a better future for their daughter.


Last year, less than half of all eligible 12th graders even attempted the English matriculation exam to receive a high school diploma. In fact, less than half of all high school students pursue college degrees - 32% of Jewish Israelis, and 11% of Arab Israelis.


Alisa’s* mother is a daycare worker and her father is a truck driver. They live in temporary housing and constantly struggle with debt. Yet her mother was determined that Alisa have more future educational options that the system offers. Alisa has been enrolled in A.H.A.V.A. programming since she was six. Today she takes classes with native English speakers.

(*the names and some details have been changed for privacy)



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