JOHUD – Pre school intervention project
Improvement of Early Childhood Education and Disability Service in selected JOHUD KGs.
The aim of this project in Jordan was to improve early childhood education services at the JOHUD community based kindergartens in the villages of Ghor Al Safi and Al Maraq for children in the 4-6 years old age group and to establish model KGs at these locations. The services provided aimed to establish inclusion classes targeting children with special needs, train teachers, integrate parents into the educational system and promote the role of PTAs within the same KGs.
he goal was to upgrade and expand the services to become more child oriented and to respond to the multi-child growth needs provided by a qualified educational staff that adopts updated educational techniques and methodologies. The services were also expanded to augment children with special needs.
BEI collaborated with the Queen Zein Al Sharaf Institute for Development (Zenid) (www.zenid.org.jo) which is Jordan’s leading national institute dedicated to promoting social development. Established in 1994 it is now part of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD). ZEIND carries out training courses, research, studies, information dissemination, consultancies, publishes training manuals and does commissioned work.
Work on the project focused on three main areas:
- Capacity building: This consisted of a training program for the parents and the teachers as preparation for the integration of special needs children into the KG and for raising the educational level in general
- Improving the infrastructure by preparing model classroom for children with disabilities and improving the standard of learning corners, resources, toys and equipment.
- Involvement of parents and the introduction of active PTA’s which has been totally non existent in these rural areas
The basic infrastructure of the existing kindergartens was improved and new equipment was purchased as a first step in improving the basic conditions in the schools. A training program was established and devoted to capacity building aimed at caregivers and parents in order to encourage parents’ active involvement in their children’s education.
PTA’s were set up to provide an enabling platform for communication, dialogue and a base for partnership between parents and the KGs and teachers received specific training helping integrate the parents in the day to day activities of their children.