Thanks to the support of the Global Giving platform, in September “Smart Osvita” NGO was able to make a qualitative contribution to our students’ psychological resilience and overcoming anxiety. We conducted training on developing teachers’ psychological competence by psychologist Natalia Podoliak and provided chests for shelter to students of Pechersk Gymnasium №75. Let us tell you a little more about each project.
Thanks to funding from Global Giving, we have provided 140 children from grades 5-7 of Pechersk Gymnasium №75 with chests for shelter.
"Chest for Shelter" is an author's development of the team of the "Smart Osvita" NGO and psychologist Svitlana Roiz. It includes things that children will need to stay in shelters during air raids.
The project aims to help children cope with anxiety and overcome possible stress, to make their stay in the shelter as comfortable as possible. It also provides educators with materials to create more favorable learning and leisure conditions for students while they are in shelters.
The chest includes items that will help children cope with anxiety: anti-stress toys, jigsaw puzzles, lighting, warm blankets, board games, a selection of books, patriotic coloring books for different ages, and more. Each item was selected by psychologist Svitlana Roiz and the team of the “Smart Osvita” NGO after analyzing the stress management strategies most often used by children.
The items are combined to give a sense of security at all levels: visual, auditory, and tactile. Many things are valuable not only for psychological comfort but also for physical comfort – they warm and light up. After all, sometimes a shelter is just a basement, where it is often cold, and there are not always enough light sources.
On September 19 and 21, psychologist Natalia Podoliak conducted teacher training, which 35 educators attended.
The sessions aimed to expand knowledge about stress and trauma, teach how to classify traumatic events and provide first aid to children, work on techniques and methods to reduce stress in themselves and children, and introduce tools for raising an emotionally resilient personality.
In addition, during the training, educators learned about the bodily manifestations, emotions, thoughts, and behavior of children under 6, aged 7-11 and 12-16. They received the necessary information on what psychological assistance should be provided in each case.
Upon completion of the training, all participants received a personal certificate signed by Natalia Podoliak, the trainer of the “Children of War” program, and the head of the board of the “Smart Osvita” NGO.
Maryna Semyk: “This training is quite useful for both teachers and staff members. In today’s realities, psychological relaxation from stress and anxiety management techniques will increase the efficiency of the educational process”.
Pavlina Glushenko: “I am extremely pleased that I found time to take it. It is a relevant and important topic”.