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.
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.
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.
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