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Well-Being Factors – Teachers Are More Than Teachers

Teachers in crisis, post-crisis and fragile situations may be so preoccupied with their own survival and that of their families that they can invest little real energy and commitment in their teaching. In times of physical, economic and social uncertainty, teachers experience high levels of stress, which makes it difficult for them to think clearly, to be a healing influence on their students and to protect students from additional harm or abuse.

In such situations, especially when teachers have limited teaching strategies, they may be easily provoked to anger and violence. Teacher stress and a lack of checks and balances in place puts children and youth – and especially girls and young women – at high risk for abuse and exploitation.