3 July 2017
I am delighted to share with you today's momentous news following my visit to the Knesset.
This morning, I took part in an important meeting of the Knesset's Committee for Labor, Welfare and Health, to continue our campaign make early childhood education a national priority.
I am proud to announce that following months of campaigning and repeated visits to the Knesset, the Committee unanimously voted in favor of a new bill that is set to introduce wide changes into the early childhood education.
The bill, which passed the Preliminary Reading stage today – the first stage of legislation, was drafted and presented by MK Manuel Trajtenberg, MK Eli Alaluf, MK Orly Levy-Abekasis, MK Yakov Margi, MK Yifat Shasha-Biton and MK David Amsalem.
It proposes to create a National Early Age Council which will set long-term, national standards in the early childhood education.
This Council will be in charge of setting priorities, promoting wider cooperation between organizations and institutions, and developing as well as safeguarding the quality of education and care in the Early Age Sector.
I am deeply proud to have taken part in the promotion of this landmark legislation. As the leading social organization in the early age sector in Israel, we must continue to support this bill and every legislation and policy that serves the children of our state.
I hope to see this bill advancing through to the next stages because as I always say - the quality of education in the early ages plays a major role in building the future generations of Israeli society.
Prof. Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson, World WIZO
*Photo by: Beny Shlevich