Student Well-Being

Student Well-Being / Introduction


Education can promote student well-being in many important ways. Overall, learning environments should be spaces where children and youth feel safe and secure. For children and youth whose lives have been disrupted by crises, coming back to school is often seen as an opportunity for a much-needed "return to normalcy." Attending school at regular times on a regular basis is an important routine for children, youth and their families that helps all of them think positively about the future.

Other ways in which education can strengthen student well-being include:

  • Extra Services: Schools and learning spaces can be important dissemination points for such things as immunizations, food and clean water.

  • Sense of Hope: Education can help students develop future goals and a sense of self-efficacy, both of which provide hope amidst otherwise difficult circumstances. It can also provide opportunities for participation and creative self-expression. All are important for student well-being.

  • Life-Saving Information: Curriculum can be adapted to provide critical information on health, safety and life skills.

  • Positive Relationships: Education can re-establish trust and promote positive interactions between peers and between students and teachers.

The important aspects of education related to protection and student well-being are highlighted in the INEE Minimum Standards, especially in the category of Access and Learning Environment.

Definition: INEE

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies