Ethiopian National Project

Why the Ethiopian National Project?

  • 120,000 Ethiopian Jews, almost half of whom are under the age of 18, live in Israel
  • While one-third of them are Israeli born, the difficulties their parents faced in adjusting to an unfamiliar way of life and new society continue to impact negatively on the younger generation
  • Many youth in the community have severe educational and cultural gaps, resulting in a disproportionately high percentage of school dropouts and juvenile delinquents

What is the Ethiopian National Project?

The ENP is a comprehensive holistic prog


ram initiated as a partnership between the Ethiopian community, the Government of Israel, local municipalities, Keren Hayesod-UIA, and world Jewry, which provides the scholastic and social intervention designed to reverse this process.

How does it work?

  • Four hours of weekly activities, which include English and math tutoring in small groups, empowerment workshops, and enrichment classes, help to bridge gaps and give junior and senior high school students equal opportunity
  • Marathon study sessions prepare high school students for entrance examinations to institutions of higher learning
  • After-school centres offer a range of enriching, extra-curricular activities and emotional support

How is it unique?

  • It is a massive, multi-year program tailored specifically to the needs of the Ethiopian community
  • It is run in close coordination with the Ethiopian community
  • Professional evaluation has proven the success of the program
  • Thousands of  graduates have served in the army, including hundreds who became officers, and have gone on to pursue academic careers

Whom does it help?

  • 4,000 Ethiopian youth ages 13 – 18 in 23 communities across Israel