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Success for summer school

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-07-29

Rosner English Summer School

Rosner English Summer School

An English-language training programme that saw 35 Jewish, Druze and Muslim teenagers from Israel and Europe attend in London has been hailed its most successful so far.

The students who also came from Moldova, Italy, France and Belarus to attend the Rosner English Summer School were supported by British ORT and the Joseph Trust.

"This year has seen a record number of students participating in the Rosner programme. The group reflects a truly multi-cultural mix, representing an important part of ORT’s work in breaking down barriers," said British Ort chairman Alan Goldman. "I am delighted that the Summer School has enhanced the studies of these students in such a positive way".

Speaking at a reception held for the students,  16-year-old Druze Jwan Morad said: "This is the first time in a long time that I can leave all the definitions of being Israeli, Arabic or Druze behind, and can just be a human being among others."

As well as learning English, the students, who came from various social backgrounds also participated in a number of social and cultural events.

"The students arrived as individuals but have bonded amazingly and their English has really improved," said Pnina Hilman, one of the teachers on the trip. "They have all loved every minute of this wonderful experience and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunities ORT is providing for both them and their fellow students back at home."