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Regional News of Monday, 29 February 2016


Israeli embassy to provide scholarship in child development

The International School of the University of Haifa in Israel is accepting applications for scholarship for a one-year Master’s Program in Child Development.

The program created mainly for developing countries, is at the Faculty of Social Sciences Center of Haifa University, which is considered to have one of the best Social Science departments among universities in Israel.

The program is meant for students from different disciplines related to working with children; Early Childhood Education, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Law, Speech Pathology, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy with experience in working with children and families.

The International Master’s Program in Child Development was established with the goal of improving the lives of children at risk in developing countries by training and promoting professional leadership that will advance various agendas to achieve this objective.

Thus, the program trains and prepares professionals to become leaders in enhancing the well-being and welfare of children and their families.

The program was primarily created by the center as part of an Israeli action to support the UN Millennium Development Goals, as well as UNICEF's declaration regarding the support of all children in need, regardless of which part of the world they find themselves.

Students from Ghana had the highest representation in the first cohort of the program which started in October 2014. Ghana also had a good number of students on the program last year.

“I wish that all people eligible for this scholarship will hear about this so many people will have the opportunity to apply. Those who have been on the program in the past have testified about how helpful the course has been to them” H.E Orli Weitzman, The Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Ghana says this about the program.

The Embassy of Israel sees this program as a complement to its already existing Early Childhood Education Program which has trained many Kindergarten teachers in Accra, Kumasi and Tamale.

The Early Childhood Education project is spearheaded by MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation Agency, in conjunction with the Ghana Education Service.

The Master’s Program in Child Development offers full scholarship to students and will start in October 2016.

Application for the program is opened to persons with an accredited B.A. in relevant academic disciplines related to public services for children with at least three years of working experience.

Applicants must register through the Haifa University International School - http://