Early childhood – particularly the first three years – is the most sensitive time for the physical and cognitive development and mental health of the child. These years have a major impact on the way the child will integrate into society.
Israel’s Bedouin population in the Negev’s transition from a traditional Bedouin lifestyle to a Western, urban lifestyle poses new challenges in the field of early childhood education. These challenges are manifest in the relationship between parents and their children. Previously, young children acquired skills and knowledge in different ways: counting sheep in the flock taught simple math, the beautiful embroidery on women’s dresses taught colors, and tasks that led children from one cluster of tents to another taught navigation and orientation in the public domain. Women were traditionally the backbone of the family and economic structure, a role which was greatly reduced in the transition to urban life. With all these changes, many women now feel that they no longer have the tools to contribute to their children’s new form of education.
Convinced that the parent is the child’s first and most important teacher, we at AJEEC-NISPED are developing innovative approaches to early childhood education that focus on the relationship between parent and child.
Our early childhood educational programs are based on the local identity and values of the Arab Bedouin society. We set up unique educational settings that serve children in recognized and unrecognized villages. Each year, we guide thousands of parents and professionals in the field of early childhood.
News of Note
NEW – The Department of Early Childhood has a new photo gallery here.