Preschool Teacher Training

June 16, 2013 ANERA
Categories:
Early Childhood Development, Education, Gaza, Vocational Training, West Bank
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ANERA is helping Palestinian teachers adopt an open-class approach, discarding conventional, teacher-oriented methods. Preschoolers are transformed from passive students to active participants in the classroom.

The Reality in the West Bank and Gaza

In the West Bank and Gaza, preschool teachers work in challenging conditions: their schools are often poorly equipped for learning, they have few resources, their own education is weak, and they are very poorly paid. On top of this they often deal with children who suffer from poverty, illness and psychological traumas. Teachers need special skills, training  and support, but such opportunities are rare. Because of limited resources, the Palestinian Ministry of Education focuses mainly on post-preschool education.

ANERA’s Response

In coordination with the Ministry of Education, community leaders and families, ANERA is mapping out a national ECD strategy for Palestinian preschool educators and piloting a national in-service preschool teacher training diploma. Courses cover child development, child rights, learning theories, safety, classroom organization, expressive arts, play and much more. 

How it Works

Four modules, 35-days long, address the fundamental aspects of early childhood development including child development theory, active learning, child right and protection.

The training is coupled with an intensive mentoring program so teachers are supported as they put to practice the new skills they have learned.

ANERA is also training teachers to be trainers themselves, so they can act as role models and mentors for newly trained colleagues.

Meet Some Preschool Educators in the West Bank

ANERA’s Childhood Education Coordinator Sulaima Abu Al-Haj is helping Palestinian teachers to adopt an open-class approach, discarding conventional, teacher-oriented methods. Preschoolers are transformed from passive students to active participants in the classroom.Sulaima Abu Al-Haj, ANERA early childhood coordinator, sees positive results in the classroom. “The teachers are more confident in trying out new activities they’ve been exposed to during the training. They’re enjoying their time with the children and that’s extremely important!” Read more>>

 

Maha Abu Akar at a preschool teacher training class in Bethlehem, part of ANERA's early childhood development work

Preschool teacher Maha Abu Akar grew up in Al-Dheisheh refugee camp in the West Bank. “The belief was that education was just reading and writing. That’s how a child’s progress was measured. Some children might have problems but if the teachers don’t have the required academic experience and training, they won’t understand them.” Read more>>