Less than NIS 2 million a year is spent on educational encounters of Jewish and Arab students in Israel's school system.

The discussion was initiated by MKs Mossi Raz and Ram Shefa, who have been supporting education for shared living for years.

Less than NIS 2 million a year is spent on educational encounters of Jewish and Arab students in Israel's school system. This is a ridiculous amount that utterly fails to meet the demand for these programs. Last May, the State Comptroller determined that less than 1% of graduates of the Israeli education system met with their peers from the other society during their 12 years of schooling. And this year, especially in this most critical school year, after the events of May, there is a danger that not a single shekel will be allocated to encounters of Jewish and Arab students.

This is exactly why we addressed the Knesset Education Committee last week: to make sure that the budget for student encounters does not decrease this year and that the various encounter programs receive the support they deserve from the ministry. We will continue to fight to ensure that the Ministry of Education transfers the budgets for the current school year, allowing the encounters to continue in order to strengthen education for shared living.

The discussion was initiated by MKs Mossi Raz and Ram Shefa, who have been supporting education for shared living for years.