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Unboxing ‘A Hopeful, Healthy, and Happy Living and Learning Toolkit’

'A Hopeful, Healthy, and Happy Living and Learning Toolkit' has been developed by REPSSIAPSSI and the PS Centre with support from MHPSS.net and funding from Education Cannot Wait. There are three tools in this toolkit. They are: (1) the Guide for Teachers, (2) the Parent-Caregiver Guide and (3) the Activity Guide for Teachers, Parents and Children. The toolkit is designed to facilitate support for children, parents/caregivers and teachers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, but may be useful for anyone, anywhere, and any time.

On 30th June, at 1pm UTC, the authors of the three resources in the toolkit, Ea Suzanne Akasha, Mark Kucklow and Jonathan Morgan will 'unbox' the toolkit for teachers, parents and caregivers, EiE practitioners and colleagues in the field of MHPSS. They will introduce elements of the toolkit resources and how they might be used in practice, and participants will have an opportunity to discuss the tools with the authors and each other.

On behalf of the MHPSS and Education in Emergencies Community of Practice on MHPSS.net, we warmly invite you to join the 'unboxing' event  after previewing the tools (download them via links below).

About the tools:

Guide for Teachers

This Guide has been designed for teachers supporting children in their return to school in the wake of the pandemic. It opens with a set of general group-building exercises, followed by themed activities focussing on 16 key life skills supporting the personal, cognitive and interpersonal development of children. The exercises are suitable for a wide range of different age groups from pre-school to secondary school. The exercises could also be combined with sports and leisure activities in clubs or community centres, and in safe spaces for children in humanitarian settings.

Activity Guide

This Guide for Teachers, Parents and Children features fun activities for children at home, in school or for remote use. In a home learning environment, for example, the activities could be done with a sibling group. Each activity is flagged as best done with a group or whether it may be adapted for use with a single child. The activities have been carefully designed to engage with children in relation to social and emotional learning around self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and decision-making.

Parent-Caregiver Guide

This booklet has been developed for parents and caregivers and is designed to provide guidance and inspiration around psychosocial wellbeing in the household in the face of challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. It features six fictional families from different corners of the world who are facing challenges in their lives in the course of dealing with COVID-19. Positive messages to encourage parents and caregivers in the care of their children at this demanding time are given such as structuring the day, taking time to check in with one another, using positive discipline, talking about loss, dealing with stigma, and protecting children online. At the end of the guide, there is a useful checklist for the whole household to help everyone reflect on how they are doing as a family. There is also a set of prompts for families who wish to make a COVID-19 hero book.