Student Well-Being

Student Well-Being / Roles of Teachers / Promoting Student Well-Being

Promoting Student Well-Being

Outside of providing help in subject learning, students value teachers who support them personally. Trusted teachers can promote student well-being by providing:

  • Advice about emotional concerns and problems: For example, when pressures to drop out of school are intense, teachers can help students tremendously by encouraging them to stay in school. Teachers can also give information on reproductive health and other life skills, or intervene on the student's behalf in problems with parents. Teachers can often play the role of counselor and mentor for children and youth navigating transitions to adulthood.

  • Reassurance and motivation for the future : Teachers motivate students by encouraging them to study hard and to stay in school or other learning programs. This kind of help impacts students positively, especially when they receive little positive feedback from other adults. Likewise, teachers can talk about the importance of good behavior as well as model it in the way they live their own lives. For example, talking about and exhibiting good manners, getting along with others, using sound decision-making skills and resolving conflicts peacefully makes teachers a powerful force for helping students become better people and more productive members of their community.

  • Direct assistance to struggling students : In some dire situations, teachers help students to survive, for example, by providing them with food when they are hungry.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

In your context, how have teachers promoted student well-being? In what ways have the teachers been acknowledged and supported in this work, for example, by head teachers, supervisors or program staff?

Definition: drop out

to quit or withdraw from school