As part of the “Cash for Work” project, a project supported by the World Bank and the NGOs Development Center “NDC” and implemented by the Teacher Creativity Center ‘TCC” in Gaza Strip, The Teacher Creativity Center has commenced to implement a wide range of recreational, developmental and therapeutic activities for 1280 school children from the eastern neighborhoods of Gaza Strip.
Aimed at improving the socio-emotional wellbeing of target children, especially after the recent military attack on Gaza Strip, the implementation of these activities took advantage of 104 university graduates from specializations like: Mathematics, English, Science, Arabic and Psychology. The activities have been carried out in joint cooperation with eight NGOs and private foundations operating in the eastern areas of Gaza Strip. Each of these NGOs & foundations hosted 160 affected children, and graduates were distributed among these groups to facilitate the activities.
It’s worth noting that before the commencement of implementation, children were carefully assessed by the graduates for their socio-emotional wellbeing and for their cognitive weaknesses in the subjects of Mathematics, Science, Arabic and English. Following the assessment phase, children in each location were divided into groups based on the results of the assessment and recovery plans were then developed by graduates for each group. Individual recovery plans were also developed for cases suffering from severe psychological symptoms like acute PTSD.
Activities implemented so far included individual and group psychotherapy treatment sessions, debriefing sessions using arts, sports and storytelling, socio-emotional learning initiatives, raising awareness sessions and remedial education sessions using the active learning approach.