Teacher Well-Being

Being Alternatively Qualified

Alternative qualification is the recognition of the ways in which, despite challenges and limited or no training/experience, many teachers in emergency situations are very well qualified to teach. Their qualifications are not necessarily formal paper certificates that come from years of study. Because teachers are often from the same or similar ethnic, linguistic and cultural communities as the students and their families, and have lived – and continue to live – in the same situations, teachers have a sense of responsibility, commitment and innate understandings of the children, youth and their needs.

Recognizing the ways in which the teachers are well suited and capable of providing education, training, protection and support to the children and youth in their community may help to counteract the tentativeness. This can also enhance teachers‘ self-esteem and confidence, and therefore promote more effective teaching and healing for children and youth.