Ort Israel sidelined
WORLD ORT has pledged to spend almost £4 million on science and technology education in Israel this year — but has sidelined Ort Israel to work directly with the government.
The Camden, London-based charity will be operating a joint programme, called Science Journey 2007, with Israel’s Ministry of Education to advance hundreds of technology projects among more than 30 local authorities.
Normally the money would have been channelled through Ort Israel. But the acrimonious split reported in last week’s JC has led World Ort director-general Robert Singer to work directly with the Ministry of Education. Ort Israel claimed it had been starved of funds by the charity’s headquarters and that Mr Singer wanted to take control of the Israeli organisation. World Ort dismissed the Israeli organisation’s claims as “ridiculous charges”.