Training of basic psychosocial skills to health workers, protection (frontline) workers and teachers
A two day psychosocial support training for teachers (10th-11th August 2015), funded by UNICEF, was held in Hetauda, Makwanpur. In total, 22 people received training (5 supervisors and 17 teachers) and were trained on how to provide psychosocial support to children during and after (natural) disasters with the aim that children can feel safe and protected in their environment. The training was based on three core principles which are a) everyone is good and capable b)everyone teaches and learns c) learning happens through experiences and reflections. The training was very interactive and included activities such as practicing grounding exercises and relaxation techniques. Techniques on being a good listener and how to empathize with the children were also discussed.
The teachers claimed that this was their first time in psychosocial support training and were excited to learn about the basics of child psychology in emergency situations.