EDUCARING PROJECT

"In Romania, every year, more than 500 teachers abandon their teaching positions due to stress. The percentage is higher in rural areas than in urban areas.  PISA results place Romania at the bottom of the list when it comes to Mathematics scores, happiness in school and a sense of belonging."

Emotions are at the heart of what teachers do and why they do it. Educators come to teaching with dreams of changing the odds for disadvantaged children, inspiring a love for learning, or developing critical thinkers.

Unfortunately, research shows that 40-50 percent of teachers will leave the classroom within their first five years. Stress among teachers has reached unprecedented levels, and according to the latest MetLife Survey , over half of teachers reported "great stress at least several days a week."

Teaching is an emotional practice, and teachers need support in strengthening their social and emotional skills to manage the stress that comes with teaching and stay in the profession for the long term. Social and emotional competencies (SEC) are critical to avoid burnout and increase teacher well-being. Being able to connect with our own emotions and feelings before reacting to student misbehavior, finding ways to unwind after a busy day, or identifying our internal drivers are all ways of using our emotional intelligence to feel better with ourselves and the world around us.

If students are going to be in an effective learning environment they need teachers who have optimal access to their knowledge base and also be open to learning themselves. The authors also found, however, that more serious dangers to health, such as cardiovascular disease and gastro-intestinal disorders were moderated by psycho-social factors – strong social networks and support.
Murray-Harvey (2010) found that both academic outcomes and social and emotional wellbeing in school were ‘unambiguously influenced’ by the quality of relationships between teachers and students. She concludes that schools need to give less prominence to issues of control and more to the skills needed to connect meaningfully with students.

Verita Foundation has identified 3 steps to solve these problems:

1. Providing basic needs support for underprivileged children and families in remote villages in Romania. The love for learning cannot come on an empty stomach.

2. Social emotional learning training for educators in public schools and well being programs. Trauma needs healing, hearts seek connection and having a focused mind that can learn to read and write takes practice in a safe and caring environment.

3. Redesigning, renovating classrooms and providing educational materials for public schools in remote villages."