Gaza Teacher Training Embraces Creativity, Child Rights

April 25, 2016 ANERA
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Early Childhood Development, Education, Gaza
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Gaza teacher training session, April 2016. Preschool teachers in Gaza learn to incorporate expressive arts and healthy foods into preschool curriculum in an in-service workshop.

At ANERA’s recent Gaza teacher training, 34 teachers at five preschools across Gaza took part in an early childhood development (ECD) training on child rights and developmental psychology.

An integrated and holistic approach to ECD includes using expressive arts and play to engage children in learning and help them maintain a positive outlook. This is vital for children who often undergo trauma at a very early age due to occupation, siege, poverty, and periods of bombing and violence.

Health & Happiness in Developmental Years

According to the World Health Organization, many challenges faced by adults – such as mental health issues, obesity, heart diseases, and poor literacy and numeracy – can be linked back to early childhood. Children in their earliest years, from birth to age six, are in the most important developmental span of their lives. Yet, early childhood development is underfunded and often ignored in places like Gaza. Limited resources are often diverted to post-kindergarten education.

In a Gaza teacher training session organized by ANERA, teachers learn to incorporate expressive arts into an organized and comprehensive curriculum. In doing so, they have the chance to act like kids again, painting pictures, creating crafts from leaves and twigs, and molding clay to create dioramas. These photographs from the session show just how much fun they had!

Thank you to our donors and to Islamic Relief USA for supporting this program.

Gaza teacher training session, April 2016.
A teacher has fun molding clay by hand, something her children will do in class art sessions.
Gaza teachers make a sign for the classroom.
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Teachers create fun dioramas using colorful clay.
A Gaza teacher pays close attention to the shapes and textures of leaves, which will be used for craft activities.
Gaza teacher training workshop focuses on healthy foods.
A cat wanders onto the Gaza teacher training session.

Preschool teachers in Gaza learn to incorporate expressive arts and healthy foods into preschool curriculum in an in-service workshop.

A teacher has fun molding clay by hand, something her children will do in class art sessions.

Teachers paint a sign to use in the classroom. The colorful pictures will help engage students in the lesson.

Outside, teachers use plants and paints to engage in hands-on learning practices.

Teachers create fun dioramas using colorful clay.

A teacher uses a magnifying glass to study the shapes and textures of leaves.

Healthy, fresh, and colorful fruits and vegetables help combat malnutrition in young children.

A cat wanders onto the teacher training session and a teacher offers him a healthy snack.

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2 Responses to “Gaza Teacher Training Embraces Creativity, Child Rights”

  1. April 25, 2016 at 5:12 pm, Suad lubbad said:

    Thank you Rania for putting the ECD training in the sight of interested people

  2. April 25, 2016 at 8:25 pm, Architect Nesma said:

    Very important …very inspiring…very great project for tiny humans of palestine!

    All the best!

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