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About REF



Contributing to attractive, rewarding and safe learning environments


Children, who do not feel safe, cannot learn and teachers who lack training and resources do not perform to their full potential. Respect Education Foundation develops programs to improve teaching and create a safe learning environment.

In 2006, the Respect Education Foundation was established in The Netherlands, by Awraham Soetendorp, in reaction to growing intolerance and discrimination in society. Since 2006, over 785,000 Dutch pupils from 3500 schools have been participating in the programs of the foundation. From 2012, the Respect Education Program began in collaboration with the Cordaid Child and Education Department and their local counterparts in Mindanao (Philippines), and have started in 2014 in Burundi and Congo (South Kivu) as well.


Mission: Creating safe learning environments for every student and teacher. Students can develop themselves optimally in an environment were they are connected and feel heard and where teachers have access to the right tools to be empowered to develop the necessary skills and put them into practice.


The program aims to improve the quality of education and creates a learning environment where every child feels safe and accepted by developing its social and emotional skills. The Respect Education methodology is simple and relatively easy for teachers to implement and use in their existing curriculum. Making use of different learning styles facilitates the teaching and will give teachers more space to reflect and observe their pupils and pay special attention to small groups or individuals. Through the Respect Education methodology teachers are empowered and learn a pedagogy that offers simple techniques to help students developing their social and emotional skills to maximize their potential in a more interesting, productive and meaningful classroom climate. The methodology promotes the value of respect and the appreciation of differences to children, and synergizes the concept of adaptive learning, the theory of multiple intelligences and a cooperative learning approach. A supportive and enabling environment will lead to an improved

learning capacity and better learning results.


The situation

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights gives all children the right to education. Schooling should enable them to develop themselves as human beings and promote tolerance, understanding and friendship.

For millions of children growing up in poverty and conflict, schools are not the safe havens where they can fully develop their potential. The circumstances under which they live affect their ability to learn and harm their self-esteem. Problems in society are carried into the classroom, leading to discrimination and bullying.


For their teachers, the lack of materials or adequate professional training is frustrating, preventing them from delivering the quality of education that they know children need. And there is little or no support available to them to help them deal with children affected by difficult socio-economic circumstances or security issues.