VLJI: Promoting Book Reading in Early Childhood in Israeli-P...
VLJI: Promoting Book Reading in Early Childhood in Israeli-Palestinian Society
Research has long shown that reading with young children is a strong indicator of scholastic success later in life. The challenge facing Israeli-Palestinian society is to encourage appreciation for early childhood reading and its long-term impact. Through successful cooperation with the leadership of Umm El-Fahm, the second largest Israeli-Palestinian city, the Ministry of Education and Bidayat Early Childhood Center at Al-Qasemi College of Education, VLJI has established an organizational and professional infrastructure that is fully committed to promoting early childhood book-reading. Book-reading habits in families, and educational and community settings have improved, and volunteers working in the community are proud to serve as agents of change. Importantly, the municipality is committed to a continuing program, and the time has come to implement the reading program in other communities.
VLJI is looking to adapt the program to suit the needs of the Bedouin city of Rahat located in the south of Israel.
The program is in cooperation with the leadership of Umm El-Fahm, the Ministry of Education and Bidayat Early Childhood Center at Al-Qasemi College of Education.