PM Netanyahu Awards Trump Foundation Master Teacher Award
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Tuesday, December 25 2012),
awarded the Trump Foundation Master Teacher Award
to Nikolai Schwartz, a physics and mathematics teacher and the coordinator
for the science-engineering program at the Ort High School in Arad.
Education Minister Gideon Saar, Education Ministry Director-General Dalit
Stauber and Trump Foundation Executive Director Eli Hurvitz also attended
the ceremony. Citations were also awarded to Dr. Avir Abed, a chemistry
teacher at the Galilee High School in Nazareth and to Eyal Sinai, a physics
teacher from the Rabin High School in Modi'in.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "We made very important achievements on the
international tests in education
I said that we want to be in the top ten in mathematics and science within a
decade. In mathematics we advanced much faster than we thought and we are in
7th place. Now I would like to set a goal that in the next four years, we
will bring Israeli pupils into the top five. This would place us at the
forefront, in a place where we ought to be. We have great possibilities in
mathematics, the sciences and language comprehension. These are the toolbox
that will later enable us to deal with the other issues that we face in the
modern world. Today, we also note the approval of a new university, the
eighth in the State of Israel. This is a very important addition. We also
recently opened a medical school in Safed, the fifth such institution, after
many years. These give us a scientific and academic elite that is necessary
to lead the revolution that we are talking about here."
Education Minister Saar said: "Today, we are showing appreciation and esteem
for teachers in general and the excellent in particular. There have been
many successes in the field and we have seen an improvement in all
indicators, beyond the measurable goals. This is a result of the dedicated
work of educators. All of the successes that we have witnessed will find
expression in a different social attitude towards educators and will
contribute to the advancement of education in our society."
Nikolai Schwartz said: "I am very moved to accept the award in the presence
of the Prime Minister and the Education Minister. I am proud to represent
the community of physics and mathematics teachers in Israel and am pleased
to make my modest contribution to Israeli children. For me, the prize is a
privilege and appreciation but also great responsibility to bring myself and
my pupils to even greater achievements."