Renovating Preschools | West Bank and Gaza
What young children need most is a safe place for learning. Unfortunately, many preschools in Gaza and the West Bank are managed by local organizations or non-profits and operate with shoe-string budgets and limited resources. In Gaza many preschools have suffered collateral damage during bombing raids or outright conflict. one out of four have poor or no clean drinking water. The schools are in desperate need of repair and improvement but local communities don’t have the funds to do the job. Learning for many youngsters is not fun or safe.
ANERA’s experience with early childhood development and its knowledge of the needs of preschools has positioned us well to carry out school renovations. We incorporate the principles of child-focused education when building or repairing preschools in the West Bank and Gaza. That translates into colorful classrooms and safe play areas, giving children a happy place to learn and play. In Gaza alone, we have renovated more than 100 preschools.
How It Works
We hire local workers to make water fountains more child-friendly, upgrade child-appropriate bathrooms, replace roofs, paint classrooms, install new blackboards, repair and brighten playgrounds, install sun shades over playgrounds, and erect water tanks for clean drinking water. The repairs generally take about two weeks but the impact is lasting and so are the children’s smiles.
Visit a Couple Preschools
Nour, a five-year-old at New Askar Preschool in New Askar refugee camp in Nablus: ““The playground’s nicer…They took the old swings and gave us new ones. When I used to play on the old swings, the teacher had to sit two other kids on my left and right and I did all the work.” Read more >>
Director Sanaa Qdeih at Al Amal Prechool in Bani Suheila, Gaza: “We had an old green board and the chalk never moved smoothly on it. Now we have a new blackboard where the children can easily practice writing the alphabet in English and Arabic.” Read more >>