The Basics

The Basics / About the Healing Classrooms / What Is a Healing Classroom?

What Is a Healing Classroom? It Is a Learning Space:

  • In which the rights of children and youth are respected, promoted and realized

  • That is attuned to the psychosocial well-being of children, youth and teachers

  • That provides relevant activities and learning opportunities

  • That empowers students and teachers through participation and engagement

  • That offers safe, health-promoting and gender-responsive environments

  • That promotes a culture of peace, dialogue, participation and tolerance through both what and how teachers teach

  • That teaches children and youth the life skills to make informed decisions, communicate effectively and develop coping and self-management skills, helping them to lead productive lives

  • In which there are opportunities for enhancing teacher skills, commitment and status, with particular attention to teacher capacities to prevent and respond to violence in schools

  • That is supported by government authorities, parents and the community at large to ensure the safety and well-being of children and youth.

Throughout this program, "classroom," "school" and "learning environment" are used interchangeably to refer to the space where learning occurs. This can take the form of a formal school or training center with cement walls and ceiling; it could be less formal, such as a learning space under a tree or plastic sheeting; or it could be a semi-permanent learning space or training center.