Student Well-Being

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Positive Relationships with Teachers

Key Definition:

In Healing Classrooms teachers refers to a diverse group of individuals facilitating learning, development and protection activities in IRC's education interventions.

Another important way in which attending school helps children and youth in crisis-affected contexts is through providing them opportunities to establish positive relationships with teachers. Teachers are a constant and daily presence in students' lives. They are trusted to provide information and skills that their students need to succeed in life. In many contexts, teachers also provide additional information, advice and feedback on children and youth's everyday problems and concerns. Teachers can also provide referrals to other social services and support systems. In addition, teachers can play an important intermediary role between children and their parents and the community.

In contexts of crisis, post-crisis and state fragility, teachers are on the "frontlines" of providing care and support for children and youth. Where few support services are available and where other adults – including parents – may be preoccupied, stressed and unable to give attention to children and youth, teachers fill an essential role. In fact, the role of teachers is so important to student well-being, it will be the main focus of the rest of this module.

Click here to read Teacher Development and Student Well-Being: IRC's Healing Classrooms.

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