Lack of 21st century skills
Modern teaching should emphasize creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication to qualify pupils for a job in the digital age. Governments and schools often struggle with implementing new teaching methods as they differ widely from those that teachers were trained in.
Dealing with trauma
A huge challenge for teachers in fragile or conflict-prone areas is recognizing and dealing with traumatized or troubled children.
Getting to know yourself and each other
Respecting yourself, respecting others and respecting your surroundings is the message delivered and internalized. Working in mixed groups, pupils get to know children they would otherwise not talk to. A history module gives minority students their place in history.
Hampered access due to discrimination
Pupils from different ethnic, religious or cultural backgrounds don’t mix, and bullying is rife. Pupils who do not feel safe at school have trouble focusing on their lessons and are more likely to drop out.
Low quality of teaching
Large classes, inadequate training (“chalk and talk”) and a lack of resources leave teachers struggling to cope. Professional education is often not available. If it is, it often takes the shape of a one-day workshop, with no support afterwards, so that learning is not put into practice.
Invest training and guidance
Respect Education provides the professional education that so many teachers want. In three training sessions teachers are guided through the new teaching methods and helped to incorporate them in their daily lessons. Respect Education Facilitators visit the school regularly to check up on them and provide support during the first year.
Creative and interactive teaching/learning
Respect Education modules introduce new learning methods that enable pupils to develop these skills. Working in small groups, the children learn their lessons also through theatre, dance, poetry and debating. Lessons are sometimes taught outside, involving the community, and children are encouraged to explore their world.
Respect Education trains teachers to pick up signals that all is not well with a child.
Teachers get to know their pupils better and trust between pupils and teachers grows.
Why working with REP?
Children, who do not feel safe, cannot learn and teachers who lack training and resources do not perform to their full potential.
The Respect Education Program (REP) is developed to improve the quality of teaching and to create a safe and rewarding learning environment.
Advantages of the Respect Education program:
The program contributes to leading educational aims such as K-12 and 21st century learning skills.
It makes education relevant to the context in which it is taking place.
Peace Education modules help pupils and teachers deal with matters such as discrimination, poverty and trauma.
As methods are integrated into everyday teaching, the program does not depend heavily on extra hours or changes in the timetable.
Teachers are supported throughout the school year by the facilitators, who help them translate theory into practice.
Through the Train the Trainers approach and support of the community, the program can stand on its own after a year and only needs basic funding for materials.
Vulnerable children such as girls and children from a minority background learn to develop a healthy self-esteem and are better able to take charge of their lives.