IRC Education Programs
The IRC recognizes the critical role that teachers play in the lives of children and youth affected by conflict and disaster. For the purposes of this toolkit, the term teacher refers to a diverse group of individuals facilitating development and protection activities in IRC's education interventions. Likewise, the term student refers to any child or young person receiving instruction in any of these education interventions, be they child, youth or adult. With this broader definition of teachers and students, Healing Classrooms can be easily adapted for use outside the traditional classroom.
The establishment of a well-trained and well-supported teaching force is a key element of the "peace dividend" of the post-crisis period. The IRC is also very aware of the challenges that resource-poor governments face in establishing and supporting such a teaching force, especially in meeting the demands for regular, decent salaries. Other supports that might be required to attract and retain quality teachers include:
Opportunities for professional development
The mobilization of a community to provide financial support/in-kind support, as well as moral support for teachers, may be considered as an approach to fill some of the gaps left by the government's limited capacity. But extensive teacher support may not be possible for communities who are themselves struggling to reestablish their lives and livelihoods.
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