Now that the chaggim are over, the education ministry has been trying to get schoolteachers to do additional training in various as part of its requirements for continuing education.
For the past few years, this has left the principals of Chabad schools with a dilemma because on the one hand they want ministry accreditation but on the other hand, some of the content of the training is problematic. After negotiations between the vice-director of Agudas Chassidei Chabad Rabbi Shai Cherbinsky and officials from the education ministry, a decision was reached.
A training program has now been prepared that is tailored to the needs of the teachers of Chabad schools and Talmudei Torah. It includes everything necessary for professional training in the field of teaching children to read. The program is recognized by the ministry as part of its countrywide training scheme, “New Horizons.”
Two tracks have been opened, for teachers of grades 1-2 and 3-6, enabling teachers to receive information that is relevant to their classes.
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Ahronov, who heads the Oholei Yosef Yitzchok network, stated that the large registration of teachers for the training courses has shown the ministry that Chabad teachers have a sense of inner mission and that the training will lead to a genuine improvement in their work.
The network’s director, Rabbi Yisrael Butman, added that additional training programs are also being prepared for Chabad teachers.