THE COMMUNITY - CHILDRENMany of the Bnei Menashe community came to Israel as tourists and, therefore, did not learn Hebrew in an ulpan (study center), causing a large language gap that has continued into the next generation. Children in nursery and primary schools do not speak Hebrew, creating educational difficulties and preventing them from mixing with local Israeli children.
Many schools have pinpointed the Bnei Menashe children as having great artistic skills, but this has not been realized because parents cannot afford extracurricular art classes for their children.
Language classes must be provided for children, already from nursery age, to ensure that they speak Hebrew when entering first grade.
Afternoon clubs must enrich their language and help them with homework.
Parents need help paying for extracurricular classes, to help develop their children’s strong points.