Help children in El Salvador overcome trauma

 
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Aug 3, 2011

My emotions are not me, they're mine

Brain Wave Vibration
Brain Wave Vibration

“My emotions are not me, they’re mine”. Through endurance exercises and group dynamics, this is what the children and teachers in Distrito Italia have learned during the second month of Brain Education.

The very difficult circumstances in Tonacatepeque generate high levels of stress. Stress can both improve and impair functioning of the brain. During the past 4 weeks, we have focused the education on stress and stress management for better brain functioning. By learning to identify their emotions and traumas of the past, teachers and students have started to accept them and move beyond them, increasing their focus and creativity.

Last week we did the mid-term exam. We measured strength, flexibility, endurance, attitude and focus, in body and brain. The rules were: either everyone passes or no one passes. They all passed! Another highlight of this month was a one-day outdoor training. Children and teachers shared a day together in nature focused on strengthening their trust in themselves and each other while connecting with the Earth.

The Director of the school has shared with us that the teachers are experiencing great improvements. “Manuel is more creative in the classroom (…), Rosibel has improved her interpersonal relationships with other colleagues as well as with the children (…), Oscar has much more motivation with his work”. As for the children, “95% of the children in the Brain Education class have changed a lot, they have a more positive attitude to school and to life and much more self-confidence. They are more relaxed and less violent” he explains.

We continue developing our plans for expansion to other schools in the country. In the last weeks, we held discussions with the Ministry of Education, UNDP and UNICEF, who all expressed interest. Stay tuned!

From all the teachers and children in Distrito Italia: MUCHAS GRACIAS A TODOS LOS DONANTES!!!

Lucas, always focused ^__^
Lucas, always focused ^__^
Group healing!
Group healing!
Marisol sings in front of the class
Marisol sings in front of the class
Jairo warming up for the exam
Jairo warming up for the exam
Practicing hap shim, one mind
Practicing hap shim, one mind
David, always smiling ;-)
David, always smiling ;-)
Brain Declaration en español
Brain Declaration en español
Our best helpers: Carlitos, Jairo and Rafael
Our best helpers: Carlitos, Jairo and Rafael
School principal listening to teachers
School principal listening to teachers' sharings
50-people blind walk
50-people blind walk
They all made it!
They all made it!
Celebrating success...
Celebrating success...
During the exam...10 minutes endurance
During the exam...10 minutes endurance
Laura writing on her journal
Laura writing on her journal
Teachers and students together in action
Teachers and students together in action
Waiting for the bus after a long day of training
Waiting for the bus after a long day of training
Partner healing
Partner healing
Walking handstands
Walking handstands
Puedo hacerlo!
Puedo hacerlo!
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