Basic PSS in education: A training manual for teachers and other stakeholders
Since the nation of Sierra Leone was faced with the Ebola outbreak and crisis, the psychosocial wellbeing of children and their families has been compromised in many and serious ways. For children, the experience of schools being closed for almost one year will have vastly influenced their psychosocial support systems and wellbeing. It is anticipated that children resuming school after such a long break will struggle with a range of psychosocial issues. These issues will likely to interfere with children’s learning, their behavior at school and the overall atmosphere of the school environment. Finally, parents and teachers will equally feel the pressures brought about in crisis recovery situations, which may further have consequences on children’s behavior.
With this context as a backdrop, this manual provides teachers with some basic tools and skills to be able to offer psychosocial support to distressed children (or their parents or colleagues). Tools further aim to enable teachers to explore creative ways to help children to reduce stress, foster resilience and coping, build supportive relationships and possibly prevent short and long term psychological problems.These tools are not just for Ebola-affected communities however.