World Vision works with communities and children in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza through a range of programmes that promote change and work to improve children’s well-being and lives:
CHILD PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY
World Vision Jerusalem - West Bank - Gaza (World Vision JWG), in partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD), implements a holistic Child Protection and Advocacy programme across all targeted areas in the West Bank. The programme uses a ‘systems approach’ to strengthen the protective environment around children as well as the capacities of children themselves. Interventions focus on improving laws and accountability, improving social services, catalysing behaviour and attitude change, and strengthening child resilience. Current Child Protection and Advocacy programming in the West Bank includes:
- Capacity building for caregivers, including faith and church leaders, on positive parenting.
- Active engagement of children, adolescents and youth in developing their life skills and in “Ending violence” initiatives and activities that promote social accountability on child protection issues.
- Empowering different community members, including children, adolescents and youth, to advocate for improved local referral and response mechanisms, as well as national level policies and regulations to tackle violence and strengthen the overall child protection system for all boys and girls.
- Support MoSD to improve the Child Protection system with the focus on Child Protection Networks.
- Working with other national partners to end violence in and around schools through “It Takes a World” Campaign.
This programme targets children from ages 0-18, and focuses on the topics: Domestic and School Violence and Early Child Marriage.
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
World Vision’s ECD programme focuses on the child’s well-being through the period from prenatal to age six, to enhance their well-being and early learning skills in secure and stimulating environments. In partnership with the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Ministry of Health (MoH), World Vision implements a holistic ECD approach by integrating physical, mental, social and emotional support across each phase of a child’s development, especially for the most vulnerable.
Go Baby Go
World Vision’s Go Baby Go model is designed to target the most vulnerable pregnant mothers and their children in the first 1,000+ days of the baby’s life through Enhanced Timed and Targeted Counselling (EttC). This approach aims to strengthen the knowledge of caregivers, their competencies, skills, confidence and well-being, and equip them with ECD stimulating tools so that they can provide age-appropriate nurturing care for children under the age of three, which is a crucial period of a child’s life considering the rapid brain growth and development. The ‘Go Babay Go’ model supports parents, who are first teachers of their children, with individual household-based support and group sessions for improved parenting skills, family well-being and holistic child development. The model also supports Mother and Child Health (MCH) services by equipping MCH clinics with the needed tools to improve the quality of provided services and enhance a child-friendly environment.
Today, World Vision JWG has trained 142 community health volunteers, who implement the model’s activities in 130 Palestinian villages and communities, aiming to achieve a significant positive change for Palestinian children.
World Vision’s aspiration for all children is for them to be “Educated for Life,” from birth all the way through and beyond adolescence. This life-cycle approach at the heart of World Vision’s education strategy enhances learning outcomes by integrating physical, mental, social and emotional support across each phase of a child’s development, especially for the most vulnerable.
Learning Roots targets children from ages 3-6, which are the earliest years of a child’s life and a window of opportunity to support the emergence of literacy, numeracy and life skills that will form the foundation for a life- time of learning and fulfillment. Learning Roots is designed to meet the development and learning needs of children from age 3-6, preparing them for a successful transition to primary school. Early Childhood Development (ECD) programmes are powerful equalisers for children who live in resource-poor settings, and they play an important role in breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
The Learning Roots programme is designed to meet the development and learning needs of children, from ages three through six, preparing them for a successful transition to primary school. All components of Learning Roots offer support for the most vulnerable children with special attention given to inclusion.
World Vision JWG has trained over 144 teachers on effective nurturing and best practices for child development, helped furnish and rehabilitate 66 KGs to create safe and stimulating environment, supported 102 KGs by providing them with the necessary tools and resources, such as stationery and corner play toys, and established 23 new public KGs, with the support of the MoE, to increase access of children to education, particularly the most vulnerable.
EDUCATION IN EMERGENCY (EiE)
Through its Education in Emergency programme, World Vision JWG, in partnership with the MoE and village councils, helps ensure children living in vulnerable areas, particularly Area C, continue to access their right to quality education even in times of crisis. Activities within the programme are designed to provide children with physical, psychosocial and cognitive protection that can be life sustaining and lifesaving.
World Vision JWG, has trained over 100 school counselors to address the needs of children who are potentially exposed to International Humanitarian Law violations. World Vision JWG has rehabilitated schools taking into consideration safety measures and opened 7 temporary learning classrooms in￼ several schools in Area C.
Moreover, World Vision JWG continues to promote students’ well-being through integrating extracurricular activities within the schools’ daily schedule: over 60 teachers and 12 supervisors were provided with the needed training to support schools in mitigating risks and in collaboration with the civil defense, 120 schools were provided with simulation training on fire and earthquake hazards.
YOUTH RESILIENCE AND LIFE SKILLS
World Vision JWG, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Labor and local organisations, implements programmes to strengthen the resilience of adolescents by building their life skills and their skills for employment.
Innovation, Motivation, Participation, Action, Community Teams (IMPACT+ Clubs)
World Vision JWG aims to transition adolescents aged 12-18, especially the most vulnerable, into adulthood as active citizens empowered with competencies, values, confidence and social connectedness through an evidence-based practice, IMPACT+.
IMPACT+ is a relatively new model for World Vision, but has been found to bring statistically significant results in as short as 12 months in other countries in the Middle East and Eastern European region. For example, in Armenia, 80.5% of adolescents had a pessimistic character, but after implementing the IMPACT approach, 74.4% of them shifted to having an optimistic character.
Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET)
We offer vulnerable boys and girls, identified through our community-based presence, opportunities to connect with TVET programmes based on market driven skills. We also work to improve the quality of TVET programming by providing them with the tools needed for the success of the programme. This programme targets children from ages 16-18 and focuses on the topics: Low Performance in School & Drop Out of School, Early Marriage and Low Income.