A Teacher’s Guide to Psychological Support for Children after an Earthquake
In the weeks following the 6.6-magnitude earthquake in the Tirana–Durres region in November 2019, QM edited and translated a guidance document to train teachers to equip them with tools to provide trauma counseling to children in schools.
🗓 Year: 2019–2020
🤝 A collaboration between QM, Peace Corps Albania, and the Albanian Ministry of Education
💸 Funded by World Connect
Children’s signs of trauma following natural disasters aren’t always obvious, but it is essential to begin the process of dialogue and healing early. Furthermore, after the 2019 earthquake there was a clear need to disseminate factual information about earthquakes and other related public health issues through public institutions and their representatives, to counteract and to dispel the prevalent fake news.
Peace Corps volunteers and the Ministry of Education used this manual in a massive countrywide rapid training over the course of four weeks in January 2020.
Throughout the implementation period, volunteers often collaborated with their school-based counterparts and/or local psychologists to conduct these trainings. During the implementation period, 2,347 representatives from 897 schools were trained, from every one of the 51 regional educational offices in Albania. Those representatives, mainly teachers, went on to train their peers. By February 2020, 5,347 teachers had been trained using the methods in this guide.
Peace Corps Albania estimates that approximately 218,000 students have been influenced by this initiative.