Source: Israel National News
The Israel Education Ministry recently held its “youth movement week”, aimed at making students aware of the many youth movements that exist in Israel and bringing them closer to these movements. Representatives of all the major youth movements in Israel took part in the week’s activities, highlighting the importance of getting students together for a variety of activities at a time when social networks such as Facebook usually keep students at home.
Education Minister Gidon Sa’ar, who initiated youth movement week and attended activities in honor of it in Netanya, said that "youth movements have a significant impact on children and youth. The activities in the youth movements turn the children into more caring and considerate individuals. Participation in a youth movement intensifies the contribution to society and reduces the effects of violence."
Sa’ar added that the Ministry of Education has begun implementing a new program to strengthen youth movements in the periphery. The program, which costs 20 million shekels, will allow for new branches of youth movements to open in the periphery, increase the number of students, increase subsidies for students and support children with special needs. He noted that there is broad activity of various youth movements across the country and said this should continue and be expanded. “If there will be more members in youth movements, we will be a more ethical and less violent society,” said Sa’ar.
Youth groups such as Betar, Bnei Akiva, Habonim, Dror, Magshimey Herut, Ezra and others have been promoting Jewish values in Israel and abroad for decades.
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