A Second Chance
In 2011, the Knesset Research and Information Center published disheartening results about the failure of Ethiopian Israelis to find their place in higher education. Dozens of new programs were launched in response. Each is outstanding in its own right, helping Ethiopian students during their preparatory programs and degree studies in colleges and universities. But the value of these projects is limited, because hundreds of young Ethiopian Israelis do not meet the admission requirements of the pre-academic preparatory programs. Moreover, many of them are not exposed to information about the existing programs and do not understand the monumental importance of an academic degree for entering the middle class and finding a job with prospects for advancement.
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