Light to the Nations: Israeli college established in Africa

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 |  Yossi Aloni

An Israeli college will soon be established in the African nation of Tanzania, whose population is 35 percent Muslim.

The Atid Network, the largest privately-owned educational network in Israel, has signed an agreement with the government of Tanzania to establish the new college in Dar es Salaam, the former capital and Tanzania's largest city.

It's first year of operation will see 700 students study at the college, with facilities expanded to accommodate up to 4,000 students within two years.

Atid Network official recently departed for Tanzania to recruit and train professional teachers and lecturers and to organize the equipment and facilities required to operate the college.

Typical courses at the college will last six months and provide students with a trade skill and a certificate of graduation from the Tanzanian Ministry of Education.

Atid Networks currently operates smaller colleges and training centers in other parts of Africa, such as Nigeria, where it provides students with professional training to take part in their country's oil industry.

Atid CEO Amiad Gurevich said there are positive efforts to expand the educational network across Africa and bring professional training to a growing number of people there.

In Israel, Atid operates 11 colleges and 40 high schools, and recently won a tender to establish a new program aimed designed for high school students who have failed to integrate into conventional educational settings.

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