June 05, 2017

See the world through a child's eyes ... with Palestinian preschool children

Elaine Hunter

Early childhood development writer

As part of Theirworld's #5for5 campaign for early childhood development, we asked preschool children to draw something about their day or their family. We conclude our series in Palestine.

Do we really know what goes on in a young child’s mind? What are they thinking and feeling? How do they express themselves? 

We have a bit of an insight - thanks to some pre-schoolers in Malawi, Mexico, Nepal and Palestine.

As part of Theirworld's #5for5 campaign, we asked charity and school workers to speak to children and ask them to draw something about their day or their family. 

#5for5 is calling on world leaders to invest in early childhood development. All young children need access to quality care including nutrition, health, learning, play and protection. Having fun, exploring the world and learning through play is a vital part of that.

World leaders are meeting in Germany in July at the G20 Summit to agree their priorities and what they should fund. We need them to prioritise the early years and especially pre-primary education, particularly for the poorest and most marginalised children.

Palestinian children have been living with conflict for years - but there are huge efforts being made to bring education and stimulation to the youngest children.

One organisation - American Near East Refugee Aid (ANERA) - is helping to rebuild a future for young children in the region. 

ANERA is investing in upgrading preschools, training teachers, producing resources and addressing wider issues by leading the way in developing a national early childhood development strategy and curricula in the West Bank and Gaza.

Sulieman Mleahat, ANERA’s director for early childhood development based in Ramallah, in the central West Bank, north of Jerusalem, arranged for some of the children who attend their preschools to share their drawings.

  1. Four-year-old Oday Radi completes his drawing

Lana El Qouqa, Yazan Al Moghrabi, Aziz Al Madhoun and Wafaa El Nahaal hold up their drawings inside AL Shatee preschool in Gaza City

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