First, there were the deaths of two people when a telecommunication mast came tumbling down; then came the slapping of penalties on all five operating mobile phone companies in the country by the National Communication Authority (NCA) for poor quality...
The below programme looks great, but the question is how it is possible to put WiFi in schools and at the same time to teach the pupils to be careful of radiation. The problem is also as reading Samuel Epstein taught me (he refers to cancer specifically, this is a different case but same principle)- - exposing pupils and at the same time telling them they need to change their habits, is an attitude of blaming the victims.
Interactive education programme for primary schools is going to take place in Israel with the goal of reduction of exposure of the pupils to electromagnetic radiation.
Shoham is the first city where the programme starts this week, about how to use mobile phones with precaution, with 'healthy' [sic] habits of preventive precaution regarding EMR. This is part of the healthy lifestyle year that the education ministry declared on. The target is to minimize children exposure to emr, and is based on the guidlines of the env. ministry and the WHO.
The programme includes basic knowledge about radiation, radiation sources in the pupils env, making radiation measurements and 'healthy' [sic] use habits of the wireless equipment.
The programme is delivered by Life Saver company with healthy cities network and according to the env. ministry's guidelines. The programme was written by Liran Raz, who does a doctorate in Haifa university with professional guide of Dr. Noami Wax from the education school of Tel Aviv University.
The children will receive work pages to do missions at home, in order to assimilate the precaution principles in the community and at home.
Chananit Weiss, manager of the env. quality dept. in the local council of Shoham said that the children will study what EMR is, about the radiation sources in the pupil s env., [and how did it get to their env?...] the difference between cellular and wireless phones, the microwave and the electric quipmemt and will get to know the measurement devices.
The programme is composed of 4 meetings during an hour, Liran Raz will teach them, he said the pupils have an important role in raising the awareness to the subject, by practising at home. At the end they will receive a certificate of 'safe env. from radiation'.
The programme will be presented in a conference in Jerusalem on Dec 15.
The programme is part of the env. quality year in Shoham, initiated by chairman of a guiding committee for 'Shoham healthy year', Amir Taar.
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