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Being a Teacher – Amidst Social and Economic Uncertainty

Teachers are critical in providing education to the children and youth of their community. As a result, they may have a certain status. However, teachers are also very much part of this same community. They have lived through similar experiences to the children, youth and their parents prior to, during and in the aftermath of a crisis. That means that teachers‘ own living conditions, family, economic priorities and the uncertainties of life for them (as refugees, IDPs, returnees or in host communities) are very similar to those of the students and their parents. These shared experiences can serve as both a positive and negative force on teachers. On the one hand, they may be able to understand and relate to the needs of their students. On the other hand, external difficulties may present significant obstacles to their work.

While the teachers may have a strong commitment to providing the best education, protection and support possible to children and youth, their teaching may be only “tentative” because they are forced to make strategic decisions about their future and that of their family. Since becoming teachers was largely the result of external conditions, those conditions will determine how long they continue to teach.