Subject: Early Childhood Education Academic director: Giladi Ayelet, Dr Funding: The NCJW women. USA, and the Institute
For the past few years the Institute has been conducting enrichment classes for ultra-orthodox women with the goal to make them qualified in the area of early childhood. These ongoing courses have been very successful. Consequently the Institute initiated a similar course for Bedouin women interested in joining the workforce in the area of early childhood education. Recent developments in the Bedouin society have helped women to go out to work and help support their family.
20 Bedouin families from the North, 30 in Tel Sheva and 30 in Lakia in the South take part in early childhood programs at the Institute’s ,“From Birth to University” unit, and their numbers are rising steadily. This shows that the course meets the current demands and needs of the Bedouin society to improve their economic, personal and social situations.
The course runs for 15 weeks, one 5-hour meeting each week. The course covers a variety of subjects given by guest lecturers in: emotional development, communication, social development, empathy, bibliotherapy, analyzing children’s drawings, organizational consultants , etc.
The evaluation research showed that the course more than met the needs of the participants. They unanimously reported that they would like to learn more about the subjects that were taught. They were emphatic about recommending the course to their relatives and friends in the community.
The enrichment of Bedouin women is one of the Institute’s programs of “From Birth to University” Early Childhood Programs, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.