Student Well-Being

The Teacher's Role

Through their position in the community as advocates for children and youth: This relates to the broader role of the teacher in the community and how she or he might be able to use her or his position to advocate for attention to children's well-being. Child and youth advocacy also includes the teacher's willingness to influence other community members to listen to the voices of children and youth and to take into account their needs.

For example, advocacy could include:

  • talking to the community about the importance of play and recreational games and activities for children and youth,

  • sharing messages to encourage communities to send children and youth to school instead of sending them to work, or

  • advocating to local businesses to train and employ youth.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

How have teachers in your context served as advocates for children and youth? In your context, what particular issues related to child and youth well-being might require advocacy?