Fifty local organizations in the Gaza Strip launched the activities of the Global Campaign for Education under the supervision of the Teacher Creativity Center in Gaza with the motto “Rights from the Beginning…Early Childhood Care and Education Now”
The campaign includes a number of activities that focus on the reality on early childhood ad the importance of early childhood education to children and the Palestinian people.
The Global Campaign for Education contributes to increasing awareness about this important subject, such that the interest of the campaign will focus on acquiring and maintaining high-quality education, focusing on the factors that aid in new beginnings, which would need to analyze the environment, nutrition, public health and motivation children receive.
The campaign hopes to focus on the “Big Picture” which might be able to unify the participants in the worldwide campaigns and create effective participation between children and adults. Effective participation for children and adults in the entertainment activities would express the aspirations of the children when they grow up, since the “Big Picture” includes taking photos, painting and drawing in kindergartens and elementary schools. This would require that the children draw and take photos of the ideal situation, from their perspective, of early childhood education for their younger sisters and brothers, and ask them to take photos of the things that helped them learn and grow when they were in their early childhood years.
Mr. Talaat Bthatho, Director of the Teacher Creativity Center in the Gaza, emphasized that the goal of the campaign is to “Expand and improve early childhood care and education, and particularly to those who are weak and deprived”, since the focus is on providing more support to children and the local communities in the all areas of children development, including psychological, emotional, social and cognitive support. This will be achieved via interactive activities that focus on advocating and supporting early childhood care and education.
Bthatho also clarifies the importance of the participation of civil society organizations in the activities of the campaign to advocate for and pressure the Ministry of Education to adopt policies that would improve early childhood reality in Palestine. This is highly important because early childhood programs facilitate a smooth transition to elementary schools and better academic achievement; these programs also contribute to the benefit of weak and marginalized children, since early childhood programs are considered an effective way to face deprivation, elimination and breaking poverty cycles between generations.
Concerning early childhood reality, Bthatho pointed out that 30% of children in their early childhood years are deprived from attending early childhood programs, in addition to a large number of children living in marginalized areas, where educational and recreational services are virtually unavailable; others suffer from overcrowding classrooms, lack of expertise of educators and underpayment of teachers, who suffer from lack of rights.