All children and youth, girls and boys, have basic needs. Children living through crisis, however, have a specific range of immediate and longer-term needs. Professionals working with children in different sectors may have a different focus, for example:
Child survival focuses on children's health
Child protection focuses on children's safety from abuse and exploitation as well as their social and emotional needs
Education focuses on children and youth's cognitive needs and academic and social development
Youth and livelihoods focuses on youth skill development for positive livelihoods opportunities
Within Healing Classrooms, IRC defines student as any individual receiving instruction or training in a range of learning environments such as formal and non-formal schools, literacy and numeracy classes, vocational training and even apprenticeships.
Children are defined as all boys and girls up to the age of 18 while youth refers to young women and men between the ages of 15 to 24.
In Healing Classrooms, student well-being is a holistic vision of the child and youth, based on an awareness of his or her many needs. This vision encompasses the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social dimensions of the lives of children and youth. The IRC's Healing Classrooms approach is grounded in this broad-based view, with an emphasis on how learning, the learning environment, and learning facilitators, such as teachers, can contribute to the well-being of children and youth.
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