Kindergarten Teachers as Educational Leaders
Through this new program, we work with experienced kindergarten teachers in the Arab Bedouin community in the Negev helping them to become leaders in the field of early childhood education. Professional knowledge, years of experience and deep familiarity with the local community will assist these women in guiding the next generation of young teachers.
There has been an increase in the number of kindergartens opened for Arab Bedouin children in the Negev. This welcome new trend is paralleled by a growing number of certified Bedouin teachers who are employed in these kindergartens. However, there is a shortage of highly qualified skilled professionals who can serve as mentors.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education’s preschool division, JDC–Ashalim and the Musharaka Forum, we have developed a two-year training program for 20 teachers. The theoretical studies take place at Kaye College in Beer Sheva and the teachers are committed to field work that includes planning and leading communal-educational programs, as well as experience in training and mentoring of young teachers.