Two West Bank Preschools Become Vibrant Learning Spaces
The majority of Palestinian preschools in the West Bank and Gaza are inadequate environments for the care and education of children. Many schools were not initially designed to be childcare and education centers, and are instead last-minute additions to community centers and mosques. Preschools are overcrowded, dilapidated, and lack facilities such as playgrounds, reading corners, and educational books that encourage positive learning experiences. Classrooms are poorly lit, lack proper ventilation, and do not meet safety and health standards. While many preschools have play areas, playground equipment is in short supply and safety levels are poor.
Watch: Beit Ijza and Qalandia Preschools Transform)
Anera is working to improve conditions at Palestinian preschools, making them safer, more child-appropriate, and cheerful learning environments.
Since 2009, Anera has renovated 106 preschools in Gaza and 14 in the West Bank, making water fountains and bathrooms more child-friendly, replacing roofs, painting classrooms, installing new blackboards, repairing and brightening playgrounds, installing sun shades over play areas, and erecting water tanks for clean drinking water.
With funding from Helping Hand for Relief and Development, Anera has rehabilitated 12 homes to make them more resilient against flooding and more habitable in a variety of ways.
This week, Sean Carroll, Anera’s president and chief executive officer, visited sites across Lebanon where Anera works. Here he reports from two locations in Akkar, in the northern part of the country. From the Ritaj El Hayat Medical Center In…