Daily Israel Report

Gush Etzion Getting New Schools, Community Centers

Development of Gush Etzion is continuing apace, as five new educational institutions are set to open in the area in the coming days
By David Lev
First Publish: 11/25/2012, 6:27 PM

New kindergarten in Gush Etzion
New kindergarten in Gush Etzion
Gush Etzion Regional Council

Development of Gush Etzion is continuing apace, as five new educational institutions are set to open in the area in the coming days. The schools will have seats for a total of 160 students – and will be followed by the construction of new classrooms, a new community center, and even a new school.

Four kindergartens, two in Har Gilo and two in Elazar, are set to open in the coming days. In addition, a day care center will open in Elazar. The two towns have had a significant increase in the number of young couples moving to new projects, officials said, and there was a great need to open the institutions to accommodate additional students.

In addition, a new school with 24 elementary school classrooms is being built in the “Givah Hatzehuba” (Yellow Hill) area of Alon Shvut. Twelve classrooms are being built in Tekoa, as are four kindergartens. And a new community center is being built in Kedar. Additional kindergartens and community centers are planned for Nokdim, Kfar Eldad, Karmei Tzur, and Elazar.

Gush Etzion is home to well known Ulpana High Schools for girls and Yeshiva High Schools for boys,  including Neve Shmuel (Ohr Torah Network), Orot Yehuda and Derech Avot H.S. for boys, Neve Hana (Ohr Torah), Oria and Rosh Tzurim for girls.

Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, said that the building program would help improve the educational system in the region. “We believe it is our responsibility to ensure that all the children of Gush Etzion get the best education possible, under the best possible conditions. We invite all families searching for good quality education to come live in Gush Etzion, where we will be sure to provide them with high quality schools,” he said.