Pub. on May 9, 2011. Ayla Goksel, M.Sc, CEO of AÇEV & Wise Awards 2010 Laureate, talks about AÇEV and the Mother Child Education Program (MOCEP) that trains mothers in their role as "first educators" to reach pre-school children from under-resourced communities.
Yale University and program sponsor and partner, the AÇEV Foundation, have embarked on a joint project to achieve the common objective of analyzing the linkages between early childhood development (ECD) and peace building through scientific research, to disseminate results and advocate for better policies on global platforms.
Advancing our knowledge concerning what intervention programs work is another major goal of our partnership. Evidence from intervention studies is limited. It is particularly true in the developing world as most of the prospective longitudinal studies have been conducted in high income countries. At present, we are in the midst of developing MOCEP intervention and evaluation initiatives across the globe, beginning in Beirut, Lebanon. We have received funding for some of these initiatives and applications are pending for others.
Building a good future begins with early childhood. Children develop most rapidly in their earliest years and supportive environment is crucial in this period. AÇEV aims to support children in these most formative years to give them a right start to life. Since their inception in 1993, the fundamental goal of AÇEV's education programs have been support disadvantaged children and their families strengthening the "early childhood" period to build a more advanced society and create equal opportunities in education.
Implementation and Impact Evaluation of the Mother and Child Education Program (MOCEP) Among Children and Families in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Beirut
The Mother and Child Education Program (MOCEP) is AÇEV’s flagship, awardwinning program that has been implemented in Turkey and in eight other countries since 1993. That Arab Resource Collective (ARC), site partner with Yale for the MOCEP Beruit, Lebanon project, has been AÇEV’s implementing partner in Lebanon since 2009. MOCEP offers an opportunity to strengthen families living in refugee camps, an environment marked by disadvantage and long-term displacement. Anecdotal evidence collected through informal focus group discussions, based on pilot implementation, suggests that MOCEP has had a transformative impact on the lives and wellbeing of participating families. These initial reports indicate that program participants experience less conflict and violence and greater harmony within their families, as well as greater female empowerment. These positive outcomes can be attributed to the consistent nature of the highquality parent-child interactions promoted through the program. However, rigorous evaluations of MOCEP in the context of refugee camps have not yet been attempted.
2014 - 2016: The aim of this randomized clinical trial is to rigorously evaluate the implementation of MOCEP in three Palestinian refugee camps in Beruit, Lebanon. This evaluation employs an innovative, mixed-methods approach to investigate the associations among social contexts; maternal, child and family functioning; and reduction in violence through the promotion of harmonious family relationships. The results of this study have implications for improving the lives of and reducing violence for the hundreds of thousands of families with young children living in fragile contexts.
When MOCEP is implemented with fidelity (i.e., delivered as intended by design), participating families will experience reduced violence in their homes and have better individual and intra-family outcomes than families who do not participate in the program
The MOCEP program, as demonstrated in the video web documentaries by the Arab Resource Collective (left sidebar), is built and revised by 20 years of research experience. MOCEP supports the mother with the goal of promoting the child’s overall development and mother’s empowerment and has a “Contextual”, “Functional”, “Whole Child” interactive approach that is culturally relevant.