Al Aqaba's children are the heart of the kindergarten and the kindergarten is the heart of the village. It is a vibrant place that serves 160 students a year from Al Aqaba Village and the surrounding area. However, early childhood education is not funded in Palestine and many families in the West Bank's Jordan Valley cannot afford to send their children to school. We ask your help to give scholarships to needy students so that they will share the important opportunity kindergarten affords.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Al Aqaba's kindergarten has drawn worldwide support, keeping the village standing despite demolition orders. The future of this village depends upon their students. Parents are very poor and cannot pay the stipend for their child's start in school. In addition, the children need the stability that schools provides given the very real challenges they and their families face with demolitions ongoing just outside the village.
How will this project solve this problem?
Your support for scholarships will ensure that students will attend Al Aqaba's wonderful kindergarten staffed by capable, talented local and visiting teachers. Students at the kindergarten gain skills in early reading, mathematics, language development and vocabulary and social skills too. This will ensure that students are ready to learn as they enter primary school.
Potential Long Term Impact
Movement is constrained in the West Bank. Teachers are emissaries from the rest of the world whose job is to expand the horizons of the children of Al Aqaba. Twenty years from now, these children will be multilingual and will have self-confidence, valuable job and communication skills, with a commitment to peace-making, learned in a village that continues to welcome people who care. Education stipends will allow the poorest families from the countryside to participate.
Total Funding Received to Date: $26,304
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $33,828
Total Funding Goal: $60,132