West Bank Villages Open New Preschools

May 19, 2014 lkassman
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Early Childhood Development, Education, School Infrastructure, West Bank
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West Bank preschoolers in Beit Mirzim tossing balloons in their new classroom. West Bank preschoolers in Beit Mirzim tossing balloons in their new classroom.

Four-year old Manal could not believe her eyes when she saw her new preschool. “I couldn’t sleep all night because I was thinking about when I could play with my friends in my new school.”

Manal lives in the West Bank village of Beit Mirsim where ANERA recently rebuilt the village preschool. The inauguration ceremony was a colorful celebration for Beit Mirsim and Anab Al Kabir villages which are both benefiting from new facilities.

ANERA is expanding its ECD program to establish kindergartens in eight West Bank public schools.

Like many remote villages in the Hebron area, unemployment is rampant and few can afford to pay tuition or transportation fees to send their children to preschool. But that reality has changed since 2010, when ANERA initiated its early childhood development (ECD) program, known as Right Start!, to bring quality preschool education to remote communities like Beit Mirsim and Anab Al Kabir.

Outside view of newly renovated kindergarten in Beit Mirzim public school

Outside view of Anab Al Kabir Preschool classes.

Thanks to funding from Dubai Cares and support from the Palestinian Ministry of Education, ANERA is establishing kindergarten classes within existing elementary schools across the West Bank.

“This is a groundbreaking development in the ministry’s campaign to make preschool education available to the most marginalized communities of the West Bank and Gaza,” said Deputy Education Minister Jehad Zakarneh. The minister, along with community officials, families and children participated in the festive inauguration of the Beit Mirsim and Anab Al Kabir preschools.

Children perform in inauguration ceremony at Beit Mirzim preschool opening in West Bank.

Children perform in inauguration ceremony at Beit Mirsim preschool.

Under its ECD program ANERA remodeled and outfitted the preschools with curtains, carpets, child-sized tables and chairs and painted in pastel child-friendly colors that brought smiles to the children’s faces when they discovered their new surroundings.

The school’s playground was redesigned with safety in mind. So were the bathrooms, which were properly sized for the youngsters. ANERA also provided high quality learning materials, from books and puzzles to art materials and a special reading corner space.

ANERA also trained the preschool teachers to provide skills and tools for stimulating the children’s creativity and love of learning. 

That love was evident when young Mohammad saw his new kindergarten class in Anab Al Kabir village: “I want to stay in this class. I don’t want to grow old or ever leave. I love it here.”

 

View slideshow of opening ceremony at Beit Mirsim Preschool

West Bank boys with hoops at opening of preschool Beit Mirzim
West Bank girl in traditional dress at opening of new preschool
Colorful playground at Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank
Children perform in inauguration ceremony at Beit Mirzim preschool opening in West Bank.
Girl carrying flag in Beit Mirsim opening ceremony, West Bank
Girls with baskets at Beit Mirsim opening ceremony, West Bank
Girls with flags in opening ceremony for Beit Mirsim school, West Bank
Boys play drums for opening of Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank
View of a room in new preschool in Beit Mirsim, West Bank
Girl scouts in formation for Beit Mirsim preschool opening, West Bank
Girl in traditional dress sings at Beit Mirsim school, West Bank
View of play area in Beit Mirsim's new preschool, West Bank
New child-high sinks in Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank
Girl scouts at opening ceremony of Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank
Three West Bank girls in traditional dress celebrate their new school

West Bank boys with hoops at opening of preschool Beit Mirzim

West Bank girl in traditional dress at opening of new preschool

Colorful playground at Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank

West Bank preschoolers at Beit Mirzim's inauguration ceremony

Children perform in inauguration ceremony at Beit Mirzim preschool opening in West Bank.

Girl carrying flag in Beit Mirsim opening ceremony, West Bank

Girls with baskets at Beit Mirsim opening ceremony, West Bank

Girls with flags in opening ceremony for Beit Mirsim school, West Bank

Boys play drums for opening of Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank

View of a room in new preschool in Beit Mirsim, West Bank

Girl scouts in formation for Beit Mirsim preschool opening, West Bank

Girl in traditional dress sings at Beit Mirsim school, West Bank

View of play area in Beit Mirsim's new preschool, West Bank

New child-high sinks in Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank

Girl scouts at opening ceremony of Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank

Three West Bank girls in traditional dress celebrate their new school

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Colorful playground at Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank thumbnail
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Girl carrying flag in Beit Mirsim opening ceremony, West Bank thumbnail
Girls with baskets at Beit Mirsim opening ceremony, West Bank thumbnail
Girls with flags in opening ceremony for Beit Mirsim school, West Bank thumbnail
Boys play drums for opening of Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank thumbnail
View of a room in new preschool in Beit Mirsim, West Bank thumbnail
Girl scouts in formation for Beit Mirsim preschool opening, West Bank thumbnail
Girl in traditional dress sings at Beit Mirsim school, West Bank thumbnail
View of play area in Beit Mirsim's new preschool, West Bank thumbnail
New child-high sinks in Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank thumbnail
Girl scouts at opening ceremony of Beit Mirsim preschool, West Bank thumbnail
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