Why teachers working with young refugee children need more support
World Teachers’ Day was marked this week - honouring the millions of dedicated professionals who make a huge difference in the lives of children. For very young refugees, teachers play a vital role in helping them to deal with the trauma of conflict and displacement that can have devastating long-term effects on their development and wellbeing.
But pre-primary school teachers themselves need much more support to help them deliver quality programmes. That was the message from international development and education expert Maysa Jalbout at a global webinar, where she presented key findings from a report she co-authored for Theirworld about finding a new approach to the development of early childhood education teachers in refugee settings.
She said: “We know that sustained, nurturing relationships with adults can help mitigate and protect against the effects of conflict and displacement. Early childhood educators can play a very important role in this process.”
"It was worth all the pain!" Friends run the London Marathon to raise funds for Theirworld
We know Theirworld supporters are an amazing bunch. But three of them went the extra mile - or 26.2 miles to be more accurate - to raise funds for our work in helping to deliver education to vulnerable children. Mary Solomon, Liz Moran and Leny Hall were among tens of thousands of runners cheered along the London Marathon course on Sunday. Mary said: “Almost everything hurts a bit and my toes are a mess but it was worth all the pain.”
We are so grateful to the three friends for their fantastic efforts. You can still support them on their JustGiving pages - just click on their names here:
Anyone can raise funds for Theirworld’s projects and campaigns. By doing so, you can directly help us ensure that every child has the best start in life, a safe place to learn and skills for the future - all over the world. Find out how to fundraise for Theirworld.
Gordon Brown’s funding plea for Education Cannot Wait
Education Cannot Wait (ECW) has provided quality education for millions of children and adolescents caught up humanitarian emergencies. But Gordon Brown - the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education - said the pandemic has created a “crisis within a crisis” for millions more girls and boys. He called on world leaders to "step up and ensure adequate funding" for ECW’s programmes.
Our weekly roundup of education news also includes a return to classes for some children in parts of Haiti devastated by an earthquake, where 70% of schools are still damaged or destroyed.
💬 Quote of the week 💬
"Now is the time to recognise the exceptional role teachers play and to empower them with the training, professional development, support and working conditions they need to deploy their talent."
From a joint statement by United Nations chiefs Audrey Azoulay (UNESCO), Henrietta Fore (UNICEF) and Guy Ryder (ILO), and Education International leader David Edwards.
Did you know? 🤔
1.5 years of learning
Having a good teacher is equivalent to an average gain in learning of one school year. Having a great teacher is equivalent to 1.5 years of learning.
From the Education and Teachers section of The Key, Theirworld's online resource for education advocates.
📺 What we're watching this week.
⚖️ "We can't just go back to business as usual... We have to do more and invest more than ever before." Justin van Fleet, President of Theirworld and Executive Director of the Global Business Coalition for Education, talks about the role companies must play in achieving digital equity for students. He featured in a discussion hosted by HP for Digital Inclusion Week. Watch now.
👧🏽 What is the current situation for girls' education in the Sahel region of Africa? This TV news special on girls' education and women's leadership also visits Cameroon, Mali and Guinea. Find out.
📖 What we're reading this week.
🇸🇾 In Syria, the pandemic has caused further disruption to the conflict-affected school system. Find out how an accelerated learning programme - which squeezes two academic years into one - allows children to catch up on missed lessons. Read more.
💍 How is Covid-19's impact on hunger and education forcing more girls into child marriage? This report analyses the experience of almost 15,000 young people in Ethiopia, Ghana, India and Zimbabwe. Find out more.
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