Anera is Building 6 New Preschools in Palestine
As part of Anera’s early childhood development (ECD) work, we are currently building six new preschools in the northern West Bank. These schools, like the others Anera has built or renovated, are located in rural and economically disadvantaged communities, where access and availability are particularly limited.
Early childhood has an immense impact on a person’s development and the course of their future success in school and adult life. Investments in ECD programs have shown a greater potential to reverse cycles of poverty and to contribute to countries’ overall economic development than similar investments in later stages of schooling or jobs programs. Despite these facts, current investments in ECD programs in the Middle East and in Palestine specifically are insufficient.
Anera has been leading the way in Palestine’s ECD sector through a long-term, holistic, and sustainable model that combines physical improvements to school infrastructure with teacher training, curriculum development, caregiver involvement and the provision of reading and other materials and resources.
To date, Anera has renovated or built 10 percent of Palestine’s preschools. In each location, Anera mobilizes the surrounding community by employing local construction and craft workers and using locally available materials whenever possible. After the school is built, the Palestinian Ministry of Education assumes responsibility for its operating costs and teachers’ salaries, ensuring sustainability of the project and cementing the community’s right to a quality education.
Preschools Anera is Building Now
Later in 2019, Anera will start work on three additional new preschools and two renovations. Funding for all of this work comes from individuals and foundations.
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