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 Educational Unit 

 

Jerusalem Children's Kindergarten

Established in 1997, the kindergarten is one of the Permanent Core Services of the Center. It is considered important because of the increase in the Camps population; parents belief in the importance of pre-school education; and the general lack of kindergartens in the area. The kindergartens mission is based on the principle of Active learning through playing, and the kindergarten itself is divided into various learning corners. Services are provided to children between the ages of 3-5 years old. In 2002, the Center became a training center for a program training teachers in resources for Early Childhood Development; spearheaded by the Early Childhood Resources Center an institution that is known for its pioneering approach to childhood education in the Palestinian community. Currently, the center aims to renew the existing project and strengthen its objectives, programs and the activities it can offer children. This is due, in part, to the changing needs of children who attend the center, as well as an increasing demand from the families of the area requiring the services of the kindergarten.

 

Jerusalem Nursery

The nursery was established in 1998, for children between the ages of three months to three years old. The Center constantly provides new equipment and furnishings for the Nursery, in a effort to maintain a high standard of service.

 

Library

The library was established in 2003, and it is supervised by a librarian, who is a permanant member of staff. It is considered the only library in the area and is frequently attended by students as well as housewives. A section for childrens toys was established to ease the tension and psychological crises observed in children due to Israeli occupation measures.

 On 2005, the center has included a musical corner to stimuate the development of childrens abilities, creative skills, and also to help them to reduce their psychological pressures.

The main goal of the Toys' Library is to develop a creative therapeutic childcare model, which can benefit some of the marginalized and deprived children of Shufat RC. The broader aim is to help children find their special needs, and to promote a better outlook towards their future.

 

Computer Lab

Whilst some Internet cafs exist in the wider area, they are all businesses and are not often accommodating of women, or those without computer or Internet skills. The center actually has a computer lab that is managed by a specialist member of staff, and was established in 2001 with the support of UNRWA and long-term loans. Training courses and seminars for basic computer and Internet skills, for all levels, are offered to the women, children and youth on a monthly basis, and for only a symbolic fee. Regrettably, in 2005, most of the labs equipment has become severely outdated, with some equipment having become non-functional and costly to repair. The labs archaic technology base has been severely hampering activities at the center; the continuity of training courses and seminars has been temporally interrupted. Actually, the main goal of the center in this project is to renew / upgrade the equipment of the computer lab of the Womens Center in Shufat Refugee Camp, and to re-start, and subsequent enhancement, of its technology training programs as quickly as possible.

 

The Toys Library:

The aim of the Toys Library is to decrease psychological pressure inflicted upon the camps children, as a result of the harsh living conditions within Shu'fat Refugee Camp. The project has sought to create an alternative, healthy and safe environment where children are free to play, socialise, interact and learn. Attempting to compensate for the lack of a child friendly environment, and to meet the needs of the camps children, the core of the project is centered on a creative therapeutic childcare model.

Currently there are two working groups of girls, aged between 13 and 15 years. In each of the two groups a social worker implements activities focusing on life skills, in general, and more particulary, focusing on communication skills aimed at postively improving communication between family and friends. The objective of such activities is to strenghten the self esteem of teenagers, and to support the prevention of children dropping out school prematurely (especially young girl who are pressured to drop out of school as part of the early marriage Phenomenon.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation Unit

 

Beauty Training Section:

In an effort to address the high level of unemployment in the area, the Center provides vocational training courses in its beauty section, as a job-creation and income generation scheme for girls and women. The courses are taught by a specialist, last for six-months, and are subsequently followed by a practical training session for a period of two months.

 

Sewing & Household Training Section:

Intensive courses in sewing, arts & culture, traditional Palestinian embroidery and food production are catered for by a specialist. Kindergarten uniforms are made by the section upon request, thus providing a symbolic income for the Center.

 

Computer Training Section:

Information and Communication technology (ICT) has the potential to realize a better quality of life, including higher living standards, as well as improved community services and a more effective local economy. However these benefits are not avalaible to those who are unable to use, or lack the opportunity to learn, basic ICT skills. The Centers actue awareness of the potential of ICT has lead to the creation of the Computer Training Section, and the Technical Training Department; the section provides courses and seminars, on a monthly basis and for only a symbolic fee, for basic computer and Internet skills, and accomodating all levels of learner, women, children and youth. The primary aim of the center's Technical Training Department is to provide women, children and the youth of the camp, and its surrounding areas (Anata and Hizma villages), with a reliable technology base; technology training and quick-start sessions; free access to computers and the Internet and online resources, as well as additional services such as faxing, photo copying, printing and audio-visual.

 

Community Awareness Unit

under construction

Counseling Unit

under construction

Fitness and Art Unit

under construction

Fitness Section:

Provides courses in fitness and special dietary programs (for medical/general health benefits) are provided by a specialist instructor; participants are charged only a symbolic fee for these courses. The number of participants is constantly increasing, with large intakes for the program during spring and summer months

 

Public Relation Unit

under construction



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