The University Multicultural Kindergarten, based at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, is a unique early childhood educational model that was founded and operates in collaboration with various university partners, such as the Institute for Innovation in Education, the Dean of Students, the Schwartz Program for Early Childhood Studies and NEVET Greenhouse at the School of Social Work and Social Welfare.
The kindergarten is open to the children of university members and residents of both East and West Jerusalem, observing different religions and speaking different languages. NEVET's pedagogical vision of the kindergarten is the creation of a safe space for children and parents; a hub that regards diversity to be an asset. This principle is reflected in the diversity of staff, children, and families in the kindergarten. The pedagogical model is built from the bottom up based on the contexts and characteristics of the families and the staff. The kindergarten is rooted in the belief that a multitude of voices and opinions is possible, important, and essential in the Israeli reality. The university is an ideal meeting place for a variety of multicultural and international cultures. The Hebrew University's support of the Center for Multiculturalism and Diversity and various projects at the School of Social Work and Bezalel Art School is reflected in the kindergarten's vision and work.
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