ESRA continued to cooperate with the Netanya Municipality in two afternoon centers in 2016 – 2017. The centers are in two of the lower socioeconomic areas of the city, Hefzibah and Azorim. A large proportion of the pupils are of Ethiopian extraction. The centers are operated by the municipality which provides a multitude of activities and outings.
The army sends soldiers to help prepare the older children in the 11th and 12th grades for army service. They also help with tutoring and other projects.
ESRA provides the funds to pay six professional teachers of Mathematics, English, Bible, Literature and Hebrew grammar. We employ the teachers for a total of 36 hours each week for most of the school year. They have helped the youth with their homework, to "catch up" and prepare for school examinations.
ESRA keeps contact with the coordinators of these centers. We try to be of assistance wherever needed - such as buying board games for the youth and paying for the occasional outing in the summer holidays. At the beginning of the current school year ESRA Netanya donated a table-tennis table.
We keep tabs on attendance at the lessons in the centers and keep records of the subject matter taught, as well as the pupils' grades at the beginning of the year, after the first semester and at the end of the school year. The fact that the grades tend to improve as the year progresses justifies the need for this extra tuition. Many of the youth who attended these centers in past years have qualified for a matriculation (Bagrut) certificate and university or college entry due to the immense contribution of ESRA to their education.
The help provided is greatly appreciated by all concerned.