Ethiopian Israelis take their education - and fate - into their own hands
Having Amharic-Hebrew speakers mediate between Ethiopian students, their parents and school faculty boosts educational achievement, reduces culture clashes and prejudice and revives self-belief in the Israeli-Ethiopian community.
The Fidel Association, one of the first Ethiopian-led NGOs in Israel, just celebrated its 15th anniversary. Fidel, which means “alphabet” in Amharic, was the brainchild of Dr. Nigist Mengesha, who reached Israel in 1984 with four children and a social work degree. Mengesha believed that if the next generation’s experience was going to be any...
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