Delhi Govt. School Teachers to Receive Help Processing Grief Before Resuming Classes
Delhi Government schools are set to resume ‘teaching-learning activties’ through the online and semi-online approach” from June 28th, Monday. Teachers are to undergo counseling and preparation to deal with traumatic experiences and grief that they might have gone through during the pandemic, before they fully start teaching classes again.
With the second wave of Covid-19 taking over the city, teaching learning activities were halted since April. Many government school teachers were directed to work at vaccination centers, oxygen centers, ration distribution centers, etc.
“It is important that the teachers are supported and enabled to prepare themselves to counsel their students, support them if they are facing any challenge and help them to come to a stage where they are ready to resume teaching-learning activities,” – according to an education department circular which mentioned how ‘well-being conversations’ are to be introduced among teachers.
In addition, The State Council of Educational Research and Training, Delhi (SCERT) has directed counselors from ‘Children First’ to work with ‘mentor-teachers’, who are assigned to a set of schools. The mentor-teachers will conduct workshops on processing grief with teacher development coordinators and ‘happiness coordinators’, who will in turn conduct sessions with teachers in those schools. Ultimately the aim is to help teachers process their emotions and provide a space for engaging with their peers and students.