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#EducationHeals Social Media Pack


Key Tweets:

  • New @GEMReport policy paper calls for better training for teachers to support children who have lived through traumatic events #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing (Graphic)
  • JUST RELEASED @GEMReport policy paper shows how social and emotional learning can help address the trauma of displacement #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing (Graphic)
  • NEW PAPER: Education is key for mitigating and reversing the effects of trauma #EducationHeals Bit.ly/educationalhealing (Graphic)
  • Trauma may lead to behaviours that disrupt individuals’ learning, such as withdrawal, outbursts of anger or delays in language development #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Refugees and migrants often live through traumatic experiences as they move countries or homes. Safe school environments and trained teachers are key to their rehabilitation. #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Teachers should be trained to recognize the signs of trauma and deploy teaching methods to help mitigate its effects on learning #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • The role of education as a healer for refugees is crucial - many may underutilize mental health services because they lack documents or because of cultural taboos surrounding mental health issues #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • RECOMMENDATION: Psychosocial interventions to address student trauma require cooperation between education, health and social protection services #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • RECOMMENDATION: Schools should link up with communities, parents and students so as to effectively address trauma suffered by migrant and refugee students #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing


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Refugees and migrants often live through traumatic experiences as they move countries or homes. A new @GEMReport policy paper shows that safe school environments and appropriately trained teachers can be key for mitigating and reversing the effects of their trauma. Many examples of formal and non-formal education interventions, and pedagogy focusing on socio-emotional learning show the extent to which #EducationHeals Bit.ly/educationalhealing



The conditions under which migrants and refugees have to leave their homes and homelands can be traumatic in the extreme. Education settings can be key for mitigating and reversing the effects of this trauma. A new GEMReport policy paper looks at addressing the trauma of displacement through social and emotional learning. It discusses formal and non-formal education interventions as promising approaches to providing psychosocial support for mitigating the negative effects of trauma on students #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing



  • Trained and supported teachers can build migrant and refugee learner resilience to cope with trauma #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing (graphic)
  • Teachers cannot, and should not, function as therapists to diagnose and support students with trauma, but still need basic knowledge about trauma symptoms and ways of providing help to students #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • The emotional pressure of working in a traumatic setting and with traumatized individuals can have severe negative impacts on teachers’ mental health #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Teachers who are untrained and use discipline methods that humiliate, disconnect and disempower can harm students and reinforce the effects of trauma #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Even in high income countries, teachers need a lot of support to fill the gaps in their training on trauma and support for migrant and refugee students #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Teachers can connect students to trained mental health specialists, but an adequate number of mental health specialists must be available, and there must be coordination between medical and education personnel #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing


Social and emotional learning

  • RECOMMENDATION: Social and emotional learning interventions need to be culturally sensitive and adapted to context. They should be delivered through extra-curricular activities as well. #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Schools can help migrant and refugee children deal with trauma through psychosocial support integrated with social and emotional learning interventions #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing (graphic)
  • Social and emotional learning focuses on promoting positive child and youth development and well-being and can be crucial for helping migrants and refugees cope with trauma #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Social and emotional learning helps build resilience in the face of adversity and avoids treating children and youth who have had traumatic experiences as victims #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Social and emotional learning targets skills related to self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship building and responsible decision-making, all areas that can be particularly damaged by the uncertainty and dangers of migration or displacement #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Schools help to build self-confidence, resilience and emotional regulation skills, and teach children to create relationships based on trust with others #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing (graphic)
  • Social and emotional learning should feature in curricular and extra curricular activities #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing


More general tweets

  • Safe school environments, in which students feel cared for, supported, engaged and stimulated, not only help students cope with trauma but also facilitate their learning #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing (graphic)
  • Many children experiencing distressing migration and displacement journeys develop a toxic stress response that can lead to poor physical and mental health, behaviour issues, unhealthy relationships and the inability to learn #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Over 40% of children who resettled in Europe after experiencing the war in former Yugoslavia had mood and anxiety disorders, while one-third suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • In Germany, about 40% of refugee adults and 20% of refugee children suffered from PTSD #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • In the Netherlands, between 13% and 25% of refugees and asylum seekers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or depression #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Schools are important settings to care for migrant and refugee students who may have had traumatic experiences moving homes #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Schools connect migrant and refugee children with the host culture and can help reduce students’ exposure to daily stresses and mediate the psychological impact of traumatic events #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing (graphic)
  • Education can stimulate resilience, nurture learners’ social and emotional development and give children and communities hope for the future #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Education can help communities rebuild, by healing some of the trauma and in the long term encouraging social cohesion, reconciliation and peacebuilding #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • The damage to school buildings, along with the exposure to improvised explosive devices, remnants of war and even grave sites in schools and playgrounds, can have a negative impact on children’s well-being #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing
  • Where schools are not available, providing safe access to education via temporary learning spaces must be a priority #EducationHeals  Bit.ly/educationalhealing