Educators without Borders (EWB) held, on Monday July 20th 2020, a virtual dialogue session entitled "Skills of Addressing Children with Conflict Trauma", in which they discussed the most important problems and itssolutions in dealing with children with conflict trauma, with more than 20 school principals participating formErbil Governorate in Iraq.
The session focused on several topics, the most important of which was how to apply the right methodologiesin dealing with child trauma resulting from conflict, of which the workshop had a great interaction among itslarge number of participants who exchanged their experiences in the educational sector.
The workshop also highlighted several points related to the different methods of teachers and specialized trainers in teaching students who are coming from different conflict areas and the most difficult conditions in the world, as well as encouraging them to start their new lives.
Participants’s opinions varied between supporters and opponents of different theories and methods in dealing with children; for which Dr. Lina AlSaadi stressed on the big difference between children nowadays and children in the past.
She said that technology nowadays has a great impact on children, especially after Covid-19 pandemic -which made the situation worse- and forced children to stay in their homes and not go to their schools and meet their friends as usual, but instead, they use social media and receive different content, which might be violent.
However, other participants emphasized that the problem lies in the parents’ responsibility and their role in improving the behavior of their children, and supervising their activities, so that their children would not be exposed to such violence and depression.
It is worth mentioning that Educators without Borders is an international organization based in Geneva, concerned with providing educational services for children in affected regions, and improving training services in crisis areas.