27 July 2017
I am delighted to share with you excellent news today about the creation of a National Early Age Council in Israel.
Earlier this month, I reported to you about a very successful day I had at the Knesset when the Committee for Labor, Welfare and Health approved in the first reading a bill, which I took an active role in its drafting, that is set to introduce wide changes into the early childhood education.
I am proud to announce that yesterday, following nearly two years of intense campaigning on our part the Knesset approved the National Early Age Council Bill in the second and third readings.
According to the National Early Age Council Act, this new official body will be chaired by the Minister of Education, who will appoint the rest of the 22 members of the Council. These members will include early education experts, teacher trainers, relevant government officials, public speakers, teachers, local authority spokespersons, representatives of organizations that operate supervised Day Care Centers (such as WIZO) and more.
They will all work together to set national standards and safeguard the quality of education and care in the early age sector.
Chaverot, yesterday's vote was historic and we helped making history. It marked the day when Israel officially placed early childhood education at the top of the national agenda.
After the vote, I spoke on behalf of all of us at WIZO, when I said to The Marker Newspaper: "This is a momentous day for hundreds of thousands of families in Israel, who to this day had to face alone the crisis in the early age sector. This sector has always suffered from lack of funding and from the absence of a well-defined policy. The establishment of the National Early Age Council is a historic move towards facing up to these challenges and developing a national policy to ensure we provide adequate response to each of these challenges."
I would like to congratulate MK Manuel Trajtenberg, MK Eli Alaluf, MK Orly Levy-Abekasis, MK Yakov Margi, MK Yifat Shasha-Biton and MK David Amsalem who initiated and proposed this important bill.
I am proud to have played an important role in promoting this landmark legislation and other vital campaigns for the benefit of children.
We will continue to advance the rights of children, women and youth through legislation, campaigning and above all – through the sacred work we carry out each day in all of our
This mission will never cease for we will forever take pride in our major role in building a meaningful, successful and happy future in our State of Israel.
With warmest wishes,
Prof. Rivka Lazovsky,
Chairperson, World WIZO
*Photo by: Beny Shlevich