In the aftermath of natural disaster people gather their families, whatever is left of possessions, huddle and simply wait for help to arrive. Help, in the form of medical care and survival kits. But eventually communities begin to repair. The nature of most people, regardless of culture, is to pull together and help one another. However, the failure to center education at the helm of that repair is a massive mistake they often make – a mistake that creates multiple psycho-social problems for the youth and adult members of such a community – when a child’s troubled mind is left to its own devise for such long periods of time usually chaos follows.
Teachers have a unique opportunity after disaster to respond to these situations with their leadership skills. Providing the right pathways for children and adults alike to develop strategies that will help them get back on their feet. Course-ware for local leaders and classroom curriculum are all necessary cognitive tools that a community needs to rebuild. Teachers know this. Science is at its harshest during and after natural disasters, but knowledgeable teachers can and do help communities in crisis tune into their strengths via the education process.
Africa and Asia are both prime examples of how communities supplied with engaging teachers and supplemental educational supplies have come back from the brink of destruction to fully functioning society with a grip on its future.
Key to the success is the youth programs, such as those documenting their lives through storytelling, and interactive photography. Poetry writing and role playing with community leaders cements the bond between youth and their elders. Crossing borders via networking web sites and pen pal programs delight all kids, opening their minds to different cultures and fresh ideas – all vital elements that were developed by educators.
By allowing students worldwide to share in the process of restructure every child learns that actions do make a difference. They learn to value and consider their contributions in this world.
Children are our future. And that future is happening as we speak. Kids today come to our schools equipped with computer skills, and technical language. Some enter kindergarten with reading capabilities that include text messages. These kids are smart, but restless. Long hours at a desk behind text books and chalk boards simply won’t work.
Education comes from the word educe which means to draw from. In short to educate means that teachers draws from what a student knows and add to it new knowledge. New knowledge for today’s generation of student is global. Teachers without Borders recognizes and responds to this need for a new kind of knowledge via teachers helping teachers to close the gaps in the social economic divide and open the conduits of the future. Students.