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Healing Classrooms and Child-Friendly Schools

Generally speaking, Healing Classrooms allow children and youth to become fully involved in learning. They are encouraged to actively explore their environments, playing and learning with others. In a Healing Classroom, children and youth develop personal strengths and self-esteem while being challenged to excel. Developing self-esteem is particularly important in situations where the stability in children's lives has been threatened or disrupted.

Learner-centered teaching allows teachers to know each child as an individual with unique abilities, assets, personality traits, learning styles, interests, needs, background and ways of responding to the world. Teachers in Healing Classrooms use a variety of methods to address their students' individual needs. They engage students as active participants in the learning process rather than passive recipients of information and can adapt the learning process to the individual needs of children with learning difficulties.

To allow this type of interaction, teachers must feel respected in their communities as well as in their workplace. They must also feel that their professional skills are acknowledged, appreciated and worthy of further development through training and ongoing support.