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Psychosocial rehabilitation with teachers

Treating the trauma caused by violent conflict

In 2009 we started working with teachers to develop their skills for working with traumatised children, while at the same time enabling them to influence change in their communities.

As long as conflict trauma is not dealt with, little progress can be made to support peace or development in South Ossetia. We are already witnessing the effects of untreated trauma of earlier phases of violence, as trauma is passed down from generation to generation. This has a debilitating effect on society as a whole.

We have supported a number of small projects initiated and implemented by the teachers to build their experience in civic activism. We also organised a study visit to Abkhazia for the teachers, so they could learn about the experiences of cooperation between the education sector and civil society there.

These teachers continue to be active without any further support from Alert and in 2012 initiated a campaign to root out corruption in the system of awarding university places to school leavers, by mobilising parents and fellow teachers to observe oral examinations and installing TV cameras in the examination rooms.

Different phases of this project have been funded by the EU’s Instrument for Stability (IFS), the EU-UNDP’s Confidence Building Early Response Mechanism (COBERM) and the UK Conflict Pool.