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Prime Minister Yair Lapid, with Minister of Education Dr. Yifat Shasha-Biton, Mayor of Rehovot Rahamim Malul, and General Secretary of the Teachers' Union Yaffa Ben-David, took part today in the opening ceremony of the new academic year at the elementary school "Nitsaniya Hamada" in Rehovot.
This was reported in the office of the Prime Minister of Israel.
During the event, Lapid addressed both children and teachers.
“There are things you're really good at that you don't know about yet. This is the whole idea of the school: there is something that you are good at, and in time you will discover it. An as yet unknown area of superiority. Here at school you will find it, because people will work with you, they will help you accept what you are best at. Each of you will be good at something. Each of you has your own area of excellence. All the people around you, all your teachers are here to help you discover this in yourself. We believe in you, we believe that you are smart and good, and if you are shown the way and how to look, you will find what you are best at,” said Lapid.
The Prime Minister then addressed the teachers, “In recent days and weeks, there has been a grueling process in which you have been constantly talked about in terms of 'profit and loss'. Included you as a line in the income statement. So, if we want to operate in terms of profit and loss, there is one thing that no country can afford, there is a profit and loss account that no country can afford to have. The most expensive and most wasteful thing a country can have , – this is ignorance, and the most profitable thing that she can have is – it is education and students. So, you teachers are the biggest profit that can be in our country.
After all, the world is divided into countries of knowledge and countries of ignorance, and it is you – those who care about Israel being in the world of knowledge. You are the biggest profit the State of Israel can have and I congratulate you on today. I congratulate Yaffa and Yifat, two teachers who, like lionesses, fought for us to come to this day and open the school year. I wish you all the best, especially the students.”
Photo: Amos Ben-Gershom, GPO.
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