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The ChallengeThe road to Israel was long and fraught with trauma, tragedy and family separation. Once in Israel, Ethiopian immigrants encountered great culture shocks, as they struggled to transition from agrarian lifestyles to modern, industrialized society.
Still today, the majority of Ethiopian adults possess a limited understanding of basic Hebrew, which prevents them from supporting their children in the ongoing process of social integration. Illiteracy rates, in fact, are not only limited to Hebrew: most Ethiopian adults cannot even read Amharic, their own native language, and often have had almost no access to education. Communication issues arise when immigrants cannot speak to their younger children through a common language. These linguistic problems, coupled with the high poverty rates of Ethiopian immigrant communities, may hold deep consequences for future generations.
ENP's ResponseENP's Parent Workshops program enables parents to become involved in their children's education by providing them with important skills and information about Israel's school systems. The Program furnishes parents with knowledge about their children's individual academic goals and needs so that they will be able to step in when intervention is required. Additionally, ENP's Parent Workshops inform guardians of their rights and obligations within the educational system. The Program reinforces parents' roles as educators and protectors of ethnic Ethiopian language, heritage, and culture.