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Improving the Quality of Education in Early Childhood for Children in the Asylum-Seekers’ Community

Israel

    mesila

Vision

Mesila’s main goal is to improve the quality of life of children of asylum seekers. We operate with the understanding that these children are living in a complex environment, therefore our assistance and treatment aim to orbit all the areas of their lives. Mesila is the largest center assisting approximately 10,000 asylum seekers directly and approximately 20,000 in indirect ways, such as informational videos, social networks, far-reaching community activities, etc.

Activity

Mesila takes a “360-degree approach” to address all necessary aspects of working with caregivers, educators, parents, children, government and municipality. Ultimately, all of the Unit’s work is to improve children’s’ quality of life now and in the future.
Work with the caregivers and educators
• Courses, training, and workshops on various subjects for the caregivers: safety, first aid, activities for children, etc.
• Individual weekly pedagogical guidance within the “babysitters”
• Group and individual guidance to educators in the afterschool settings.

Work with children:
• Pedagogical trainers work with the children in the “babysitters” to demonstrate optimal caregiving practices.
• Early identification of children at-risk and children with special needs in the settings.

Work with parents:
• Provide information, workshops and lectures to educate parents on the importance of their involvement in their child’s development.
• Parental groups to provide parental tools and guidance.
• Promote registration for municipal kindergartens to children from age 3.

Policy:
• Mesila advances the transition from “babysitters” to governmental-municipal daycare centers.
• Promotes registration for municipal kindergartens so that children from age 3 smoothly transition from the daycares and “babysitters” to proper municipal educational settings.

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