The Compulsory Education Law applies to all children over age 3 that live in Israel for over 3 months, regardless of their parents legal status or how they are registered in the population registry.
- This provision also applies to school aged children of foreigners who reside in Israel, regardless of the formal status of their parents (work permit holders, asylum seekers, etc.).
- The Ministry of Education, local authorities, and school principals are obligated to provide these students an education, according to their needs.
Who is Eligible?
- Every child above age 3 that resides in Israel for over 3 months.
How to Claim It?
- For the process of registering pre-school age children see Pre-school Education Registration
- For the process of registering elementary school age children see Elementary School Registration
- For the process of registering high school age children see High School Education
- For those children who do not have an ID, alternative solutions must be found with the help of the educational institution.
- Payments may vary according to the instructions of the Ministry of Education.
- For more information contact the Ministry of Education's Public Inquiries Department
- Worker's Hotline
- Hotline for Refugees and Migrants
- Mesila - Center for Information and Assistance for Migrant Workers and Asylum Seekers living in Tel Aviv
- Schar Mitzva - Voluntary Legal Aid for the Poor
- Physicians for Human Rights - Israel
- The Association for Civil Rights in Israel
- Assaf - Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel
Laws and Regulations
- For a detailed page about educational legislation and procedures see Education/Legislation and Procedures
- Process to Actualize the Right to Education for Foreign Children on the Ministry of Education's students rights website
- Ministry of Education Director Circular from 01.06.2000 - The Compulsory Education Law also applies to children of foreign workers living in Israel.
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