A report by the Latet organisation says that over 50,000 Israeli schoolchildren will start the academic year without the equipment they need, adding that 20% of all Israeli school children are without a computer or the internet access required for remote learning.
Acting as an umbrella organization for 180 local NGOs across 105 communities in the country, Latet provides for the basic needs of populations living in poverty and food insecurity. The organization operates a national food bank and runs several aid and educational programs. Among its core activities, Latet distributes $30 million worth of food annually to 60,000 families in need or living in poverty.
This state of affairs stems from a lack of consensus by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz over the 2020 budget, not to mention the mismanagement, at every step of the way, of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
The reopening of schools too soon, which many Israelis believe was a ruse by the regime, rushed to end the lockdown because Israel's economy was showing signs of collapse, is being blamed for the second wave of COVID-19 presently ravaging the nation.
Once again on the rise here in Israel, there's concern over the situation in Jerusalem with a school there now identified as a hotspot with a number of students diagnosed.
Israeli students have been asked by schools to bring or use study materials like pencils, pens, coloured pens markers and notebooks, many have said that they simply don't have them. One Israeli girl told the organisation that “my friends have them”, referring to school supplies” but I don't, I always sit on the sidelines and watch my friends enjoy using what they have.”