(JNS.org) Southern Israeli children living near Gaza went back to school Monday after a summer spent in bomb shelters during Operation Protective Edge.
"We are a little scared but we are excited," Ronit Bart, a resident of Kibbutz Saad and an English teacher in its school, told the Associated Press. "A lot of children in our area really need to go back to a routine."
It felt a "little bit weird" to return to school, said her 11-year-old daughter, Shani Bart. "There were some difficult times and we didn't leave our houses at all," she said.
The school year also began across the country in Israel. About 2.1 million students in total returned to school, as well as 165,000 teachers and instructors. About 5,000 policemen volunteered to secure schools around the country on Monday.
As a part of this year's Israeli curriculum, teachers are planning to implement a program called "Other is Me,” which includes educational activities about racism, incitement, and freedom of speech adapted for different age groups.