29 October 2023
Today, Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center in Jerusalem, opened the building of the International School for Holocaust Studies to some 300 students ranging from grades 1 through12, so that they could resume regular educational activities despite the ongoing war. Yad Vashem's Directorate, together with the Ministry of Education and the Regional Council of Sedot HaNegev, have created an environment for the displaced families and children from the south relocated to the vicinity of Jerusalem, the opportunity to return to school restoring some sense of mental and emotional resilience.
Starting this morning, the International School, which is located on the other side of the Mount of Remembrance will offer a variety of routine lessons adapted for elementary, middle and high school students. Some fifty Yad Vashem staff have volunteered to assist in this effort.
The building of the International School also underwent special visual adjustments, to allow a pleasant reception for the students. During the school day, each student will receive a learning kit with and meals. In addition to classes for students, Yad Vashem will offer lectures on a variety of topics for parents who accompany their children to school at Yad Vashem.
Yad Vashem Chairman Dani Dayan said:
"At a time when we are experiencing one of the most difficult crises in the history of our country, it is our duty to extend a helping hand and do what we can to support those affected. Israelis and Jews worldwide are united together in the face of those who seek to harm us. By opening the doors of our International School, we hope to provide these children with a routine in order to infuse a sense of normalcy and provide for their continued educational future."
Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies normally operates to impart the memory of the Holocaust to groups of educators, students and community leaders and influencers from around the world. These efforts are part of a special Yad Vashem Initiative entitled "Yad B'Yad", which is spearheaded by employees of the organization.