Al-Baqour

For early childhood development in the arab society of the Negev

AL-BAQUR was founded by professional men and women from a variety of fields, mainly specialists in early childhood well-being. Team members are Arab and Jewish residents of the Negev.

We develop and operate culturally and community appropriate models for young children and their families. In addition, we design and carry out programs for partners and colleagues

Our Vision

Reinstating a sense of inner control to the parents and the community as a whole, while facing the changes and transformations the community goes through at the intersection between a traditional and a modern society.

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Imbuing parents with confidence and inner strength in their ability to impact and promote their kids development, from  childhood to adulthood.

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We put a lot of thought into devising methods to preserve traditional practices of parenting and raising children, in correspondence with the changing reality.

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Grandma sent the hammock, The good Lord sent the breeze. I’m here to do the swinging- Now, who’s gonna move the trees?

Shel Silverstein

Our Goal

Promoting action and public discussion around the importance of professional intervention during early childhood, andl to support and empower young parents.

Albaqour aims to  encourage and strengthen collaboration between arab and jewish professionals in the Negev from various disciplines, deepening their knowledge, training and development of local professionals.

Public discussions often ignore children of the arab community in the Negev in  the age group below six. As a result, they do not receive sufficient responses to their needs, except for the basic resources at Mother-Child centers.

During the first thousand days of life, children are transparent, not seen by the welfare or education systems and often absent from statistics presented to policy-makers,  due to both a lack of culturally accessible responses, as well as under-consumption of said services.

This is the ground upon which albaqour was founded

In the Bedouin community of the Negev there are 61,000 children in the age group between birth and six years old

This age group constitutes 24% of the community's population

In the age group of 3-6, 36% of the children do not attend any

On average, there are 6.8 children per household

according to the GDC report “Mapping for early childhood in the Bedouin community”, February 2015 >>

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My First Library

Establishing a network of guided, modern libraries for toddlers in the Bedouin community, with a digital cover for virtual readers.

The program encourages literacy among young kids, and strengthens the bond between mothers and their child. In the future we intend to extend this service to kindergartens and day care centers.

משרד הבריאות – טיפות החלב, משרדי הרווחה, החינוך והפנים, רשויות מקומיות בחברה הבדואית, החברה למתנ"סים, הרשות לפיתוח הנגב, מטה היישום להתיישבות ולפיתוח כלכלי של הבדואים בנגב  – משרד החקלאות, מרכז ניבראס לאוריינות – המכללה האקדמית לחינוך ע"ש קיי,   מתנדבים וקרנות שונות.

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Me, and My Child

Groups for mothers of young children to provide interdisciplinary counseling on early childhood development, with the participation of nurses/social workers and guest lecturers

אגף הרווחה שגב שלום, המרכז לגיל הרך, קרן "בכבוד" התנועה הרפורמית.

Training Programs

Strategy building and development of a network of personnel training for professionals in early childhood well-being.

Albaqour provides training courses on diverse subjects for educational staff in both formal and informal frameworks, for nurses and pediatricians.

Story Teller Training

A course for story teller training, as part of a wide program of training local professional educators
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Reflective Program

A reflective program for kindergarten teachers,psychologists and social workers in local authorities. In cooperation with the Soroka Child Psychology center
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Our Team

Al-Baqour has a diverse team, connecting jewish and arab professionals from both academic and field backgrounds.

Al-Baqour has become an established and significant professional factor in early childhood care in the Bedouin society in the Negev. Its team advises and presents issues to the Prime Minister’s Office, Knesset members, the Ministry of Agriculture’s Authority for Development and Settlement of the Bedouins in the Negev, other policy-making bodies and foundations.

Proffesional Team

Amalia kochen

head of programs

Amalia kochen

M.A. of Information science, Bar- Ilan university. Former Ministry of Education supervisor of libraries, southern district and former librarianship professor at Beit Berl college and David Yellin college

Meir Sahar

Finance and Projects

Meir Sahar

A lawyer by profession, former CEO of Negev Development Authority

Shlomit Somech-Lehman

CEO

Shlomit Somech-Lehman

Social worker and educator. B.A. in Social Work and M.A in Measurement & Assessment of Educational Programs, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. B.A. in Education and Liberal Arts, Schwartz Program – certification studies in Non-Profit and Community Organization Management, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Shlomit Somech-Lehman
CEO
Meir Sahar
finance and projects
Amalia kochen
head of programs

Board of Directors

dr. Fuad Alsana
executive director
Yael Mayer Aharoni
audit committee member
Ayad Abu Ashiba
audit committee member
Ms. Joyce Anavi
board member
Ms. Rada Alubara
board member
Ms. Amina Alatauna
board member
Ms. Ghadir Hani
board member

Ms. Rada Alubara

board member

Ms. Rada Alubara

Preschool teacher, Neveh Midbar regional council. M.A in Education Management from Bar-Ilan university.

Ms. Joyce Anavi

board member

Ms. Joyce Anavi

Educator, Degrees in Special Education (Seminar HaKibbutzim), Education and Administration of Education Systems

Ms. Yael Mayer Aharoni

Audit Committee

Ms. Yael Mayer Aharoni

Developmental psychologist, Ministry of Health, The child diagnostic & Rehabilitation Center, B'eer - Sheva

Dr. Foad El Sana

executive director

Dr. Foad El Sana

Pediatrician. Head of Arara Medical Clinic. Phd, Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Technion, Haifa

Ms. Amina Alatauna

board member

Ms. Amina Alatauna

Kindergarten teacher, Head of Neveh Midbar Regional Council Nursery Cluster. M.A., Arts and Social Change, Netanya Academic College for Society and Arts

Ms. Ghadir Hani

board member

Ms. Ghadir Hani

Administrator of the Wadi Attir international project, and woman empowerment at AJEEC-NISPED. A peace and coexistence activist. An ISEF Sami Michel award recipient.

Mr. Ayad Abu Ashiba

Audit Committee

Mr. Ayad Abu Ashiba

Accountant

Consulting Team

Ms. Orly Karuv
Consulting Team
Mr. Asa Albag
consulting team
Ms. Tahany Okby
Consulting Team
Dr. Hanna Ziedenberg
Consulting Team
Dr. Naama Poria Atzaba
Consulting Team
Ms. Badra Abu Zrayek
Consulting Team
Ms. Daphna Cyrulnik
member

Ms. Orly Karuv

Consulting Team

Ms. Orly Karuv

Nurse, Israeli Ministry of Health Supervisor for Mother-Child Centers. Doctorate student, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Mr. Asa Albag

consulting team

Mr. Asa Albag

Product Manager, dbMotion (company providing solutions for medical information sharing). M.A, Philosophy Knowledge and Digital Culture, Tel Aviv University; M.ms Management & Information Technology, Polytechnic University; B.sc, Computer Science

Ms. Daphna Cyrulnik

member

Ms. Daphna Cyrulnik

M.a, Social Work, Ben-Gurion University. Former nursery coordinator, Lakiya local council

Ms. Tahany Okby

Consulting Team

Ms. Tahany Okby

Social worker. M.a, Mcgill University. B.a, social work, Ben-Gurion University. Dyadic therapy specialist

Dr. Hanna Ziedenberg

Consulting Team

Dr. Hanna Ziedenberg

Nurse, former head of nursing department, Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Dr. Naama Poria Atzaba

Consulting Team

Dr. Naama Poria Atzaba

Developmental psychologist expert, head of developmental psychology, department of psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Ms. Badra Abu Zrayek

Consulting Team

Ms. Badra Abu Zrayek

Health promoter - Bedouin community, Clalit healthcare services. Nutrition, health, and smoking cessation counselor

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