The EFA Global Monitoring Report for 2011 focuses on education in
emergencies and recognises the importance of psycho-social interventions
in addressing the negative effects of conflict, including depression,
trauma, shame and withdrawal, that have devastating consequences for
Schools can be good places for psycho-social programmes because they can
access many children, as well as draw on existing resources and because
schools supposedly offer a stigma free environment. Studies demonstrate
improvements that could impact on educational outcomes indirectly,
through, for example reduced anxiety, a sense of structure and meaning
in the individual's life, improved self-esteem and improved
relationship with teachers.
Bell, E. Helpdesk Report: Psycho-Social Activities in Education in Emergencies. Human Development Resource Centre, UK (2011) 21 pp.