Tuition Assistance and New Facilities, ORT Brazil, 2006

There are currently an estimated 90,000 Jewish people in Brazil, the majority of which live in São Paulo (45,000 people) and Rio de Janeiro (30,000).

Although Jewish presence in Brazil can be traced back to the 16th century, most of today's Brazilian Jews arrived in the country sometime during the twentieth century from east and central Europe.

The ORT Brazil School for Science and Technology, Instituto de Tecnologia ORT de Rio de Janeiro, offers its 280 students aged between 11 and 17 a high quality general and scientific education – including specialisation in biotechnology, computer science, social communication and electronics – as well as vocational training that enables them to pursue a university degree while working in their chosen professional field. The school also offers a comprehensive Jewish education programme. The Centre for Jewish Technology and Culture also operates within the school, serving ORT students, students of other schools and the general community.

Aim: To ensure economically disadvantaged young people could still attend the ORT School for Science and Technology in Rio de Janeiro, and that the school’s laboratories had the equipment they needed in order to ensure the level of science and technology education at the school.

Although Jewish presence in Brazil can be traced back to the 16th century, most of today's Brazilian Jews arrived in the country sometime during the twentieth century from east and central Europe.

The ORT Brazil School for Science and Technology in Rio de Janeiro offers its 280 students aged 11-17 a high quality general and scientific education – including specialisation in biotechnology, computer science, social communication and electronics - as well as a comprehensive Jewish education programme. The Centre for Jewish Technology and Culture also operates within the school, serving ORT students, students of other schools and the general community.

ORT UK supported the school by providing assistance with tuition fees for economically disadvantaged young people and new equipment for the school's laboratories, supporting the school in both the short and medium to long term.

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