Early Childhood Development – Right Start!

July 9, 2013 ANERA
Early Childhood Development, Education, Music and the Arts, School Infrastructure
A preschooler in a Nablus, West Bank, classroom. His school benefits from ANERA's early childhood program, Right Start, that trains teachers, renovates schools, and instills a love of reading and arts as a means of developing young brains.

The Reality

One of the best investments a society can make is in its children.  But Palestinian children often suffer from disadvantages that get in the way of their development. Only one third of all Palestinian four and five-year-olds in the West Bank and Gaza are enrolled in preschool. Yet, research shows that young children exposed to a stimulating learning environment are likely to have lasting benefits on their cognitive, social and emotional development.

ANERA’s Response

ANERA is leading the way in developing a national early childhood development strategy by investing in improving preschools, training teachers, producing resources and addressing wider educational issues in the West Bank and Gaza. Right Start! incorporates creative elements, such as art, drama and play to encourage children to release tensions and emotions provoked by the conflict and tensions surrounding them. In Gaza, the program has targeted 60 preschools and 30 community-based organizations. In the West Bank, it focuses on ‘pilot’ preschools that are serving as models for a national network of modern, high quality preschools.

How It Works

Teacher Training: Teachers learn techniques for making their classrooms more active and child-centered. Read more >>

School Renovations: School and equipment are upgraded to make them more child-friendly, stimulating and safe. Read more >>

Reading: A love of reading is instilled in children, teachers and parents as quality materials and special reading spaces are created. Read more >>

Expressive Arts: Music, dance, drama, photography, fine art, storytelling and handicrafts are used to stimulate brain development and active learning. Read more >>