VLJI: Promoting Book Reading in Early Childhood in Israeli-P...

VLJI: Promoting Book Reading in Early Childhood in Israeli-Palestinian Society

Developing a book-reading culture in Israeli-Palestinian preschools to increase scholastic achievement.

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.
This project is supported by the generosity of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and Robert Bosch Stiftung.

 
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The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (VLJI)
VLJI is committed to promoting humanistic, democratic and liberal values in Israel's social discourse, bridging the gap between academic research and social involvement to address major challenges in Israeli society. For five decades, we have developed and implemented social equality projects and have a deep understanding of Arab communities in Israel. Our projects span various topics including  early-childhood reading, civics education, professional development in disadvantaged communi ...
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VLJI: Promoting Book Reading in Early Childhood in Israeli-Palestinian Society
Jabotinsky St 43
Jerusalem
Israel
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