Milim Project (Words)
In this project, there are two groups with about 36 children from kindergarten who meet once a week on Tuesdays between 13:00 - 16:00.
The aim of the activity is to impart fundamental skills to the children to prepare them for first grade. The work with the children takes place in both individual and group form, on a variety of different topics. Once a month a meeting of children and parents takes place in order to involve the parents in their children's studies and to give them tools to cope with the language difficulties.
The project has met with success and is much appreciated by the parents and by the children participating in the program.
The program is intended to provide educational assistance to children of Ethiopian olim from Grade 3 onwards, and to develop the ability of the parents of these children to support them from an educational standpoint.
A group of 18 children in Grade 3 meets once a week in the Yedid Rights Center.
The meetings focused on the following subjects:
* Hebrew: reading and composition and reading comprehension; special emphasis is placed on providing tools for preparing homework and motivation in studies.
* Computers and Internet: Activity took place once every two weeks at the Lehava center.
* English: The children worked on the computer with a program for learning English. The children also received ongoing reinforcement in this subject.
* Mathematics: Work on homework, and enrichment on the topics of multiplication and division.
Meetings were held with the parents, which included joint meetings with the children, and independent meetings in which they received reports about the status of their children's progress, and tools were provided them for dealing with problems in this area.
A personal story from the project:
A few weeks ago we talked with the children participating in MILIM about how they see themselves in the future, what they would like to be when they grow up.
One of the children answered that he would like to be a doctor but knows that he won't because there aren't any Ethiopian doctors.
The kindergarten teacher asked him why he thought that, and he explained that there are no Ethiopian doctors and that the Ethiopians don't have money to study, and that they aren't good at studying anyway. In the wake of this exchange, several encounters were organized in which we talked with the children about topics related to changing and improving their self-image, and about stereotypes (even our own about ourselves).
We also invited to these meetings an young Ethiopian woman engaged in post-secondary study, as well as an Ethiopian legal aid employee who completed her degree two years ago.
About a week ago the boy said that he wanted to be a pediatrician, and he sounded sure of himself.
During the summer we had several art activities:
Ilanit, Sarah and Pe'er Stayed late after activity time to search the Internet for a school assignment.
Yehudit, Mazal Rachel and Aviva at work!