It has become widely recognized that children at risk need holistic solutions that address their needs with regard to cognitive as well as emotional and social aspects, and that schools and kindergartens are idealframeworks to offer such solutions.
Milat (Hebrew acronym for Supplementary Learning Frameworks) is based on the principles of the Enriched School Day program initiated by Rashi in 1994, which were endorsed by the Ministry of Education. It is a nationwide program to advance pupils educationally and socially, focusing on the periphery and on populations in need of special attention, such as children of new immigrants.
Milat extends the school day with lunch, educational reinforcement, enrichment and individual care (assessments and paramedical treatments) for pupils with special difficulties.
The Association for Change in Education, Rashi's subsidiary, operates the program from its inception in 2006 under government tender. Most of the funding comes from the Education Ministry and the local authorities – indicating that the state is assuming full responsibility for the pupils’ needs. In 2012-3, Milat reaches 35,000 children in 100 localities.
Read here about the expansion as part of the implementation of the Trajtenberg Committee report