Dr. Maya Choshen
Let it be noted that for the first time in 15 years all educational streams are run by a single organizing unit entitled: haminhal le-sheirutei hinukh, the Administration for Educational Services. The newly-created administration combines the former two administrations: the Jerusalem Educational Administration (Manhi) and the Administration for Ultra-Orthodox Education (Manhah). The Jerusalem Educational Administration oversees the education of 31,700 students in the state education system and 27,000 students in the state-religious system. In addition to the 58,700 students in the Hebrew division of the administration, there are another 67,100 students who study in the administration’s Arab division. The Administration for Ultra-Orthodox Education oversees the education of 91,400 school-ages children.
The number of schoolchildren in
Jerusalem rivals the entire population of Rishon LeZion, the fourth-largest city in Israel with 228,200 residents at the end of 2009, and exceeds the residential population of Ashdod, the fifth-largest city in (206,400 residents). Israel
The diverse communities, beliefs, practices and preferences of
Jerusalem‘s residents and educational institutions, in addition to the sheer size of ’s educational system, have proven a rather fertile ground for educational innovation of the highest order. As such it has become a paradigm of excellence in the field of education and a model to be emulated throughout the rest of the country, a subject to which a future post will be dedicated. Jerusalem