Israel's Education of Hospitalized Kids Incomparable in Mideast, Exhibit at UN Aims to Show

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(L to R) Malek Abu Sultan, 4, and Yusra Abu Zarka, 3, from the Gaza area, at Soroka University Medical Center in Beer-Sheva.Credit: Shahar Azar

The World Jewish Congress and Israel’s foreign ministry have brought to the United Nations seat in Geneva a photo exhibition about children’s education in Israeli hospitals.

The exhibition, titled “Education Without Borders,” opens Monday at the Palais des Nations in the Swiss city, the World Jewish Congress announced in a statement.

The exhibit “shows how Israel is alone among Mideast nations in providing continuing education for all hospitalized Israeli children, including Arabs and minorities, and Syrian refugees,” the statement read. 

Tzur Carmi, 8, from the Beit Shean area, at Emek Medical Center in AfulaCredit: Shahar Azran

The exhibition showcases the SASA Setton Kav Or Initiative, a nonprofit providing formal educational programs in 35 medical centers across Israel, in partnership with the Education Ministry and World ORT - Kadima Mada. It features images of the children participants, photographed by Shahar Azran. 

According to the Education Ministry's directives, every child hospitalized in Israel for over three days is entitled to free education. The exhibition in Geneva aims to highlight Israel's uniqueness with regard to human rights, particularly concerning the support and protection of children.

Some 200 visitors are expected to attend the opening of the exhibition, which features photos of the children benefiting from the Kav Or program. The opening is scheduled to coincide with the 30th UN Human Rights Council session.

The council, which has faced considerable criticism, including by the United States, for its perceived preoccupation with Israel, in 2007 made Israel’s actions a permanent item on its agenda.

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