Conflict and violence are forcing millions of children and youth out of education in their crucial formative years. A huge part of building their resilience is through restoring these learning structures through formal and informal education to ensure they can continue to thrive and develop their intellectual capacity with renewed hope for the future. This also means ensuring students are able to adapt and function healthily in the classroom. Our aim is to better equip educators with mental health training and students with mental health teaching to respond to the challenges and needs of students experiencing displacement/resettlement in trauma-informed classrooms.
We will be working with child protection psychologists and youth development therapists to create teacher training on mental health awareness and protection issues, and promote confidence and competence in their ability to support new students. Our workshops and training is tailored from secondary school to postgraduate level (ages 10-27) and is delivered as ongoing support to deal with evolving challenges in and around schools and campuses.
We will also research and engage teachers, practitioners and policymakers on the psychosocial benefit of schooling, particularly reading, sport and play. This will explore how safe spaces can be created within schools, playground and universities, the development of curriculum and syllabuses that allows for all students to understand and support their peers, and the role of the local community in supporting integration efforts among those newly arrived as an extended bridge between schools and the home.
We are currently creating a teachers network so that educators can connect and communicate their experiences, challenges and training needs to support the well-being of new students. This network will help create our guide on integration, mental health and resilience for educators and students.
ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES
IN THE MEDIA
Syrian Refugee Children Learn to Cope with Trauma
After War, Refugees' Kids Feel Parents' Trauma