If the past year and a half has taught us anything it’s that we are not doing enough to support the educators of today to empower the adults of tomorrow.
Global changes have only increased our awareness of an already long list of issues facing schools today and it’s our responsibility to provide the education that enables a multicultural, healthy and connected world.
Young people around the world have been locked out of classrooms, sequestered in their homes and robbed of the everyday joy of playing with friends — all consequences of the pandemic. A well-rounded person is someone who cares about themselves and is aware of their wider community and how to integrate with others.
If you learn about health and wellbeing issues early, the values and responsibilities that are embeded allow for a more global, open-minded approach to the world you live in.
“Young people around the world have been locked out of classrooms, sequestered in their homes and robbed of the everyday joy of playing with friends.”
The question is, why has this not been declared an emergency? For educators and students, learning about their and others’ emotions from a young age allows for a much stronger interest in their own actions. We live in a much more diverse world now and our actions should aim to have a positive effect on the communities in which we live.
UNICEF’s 2021 report The State of the World’s Children says: “Around the world, mental disorders are a significant and often ignored cause of suffering that interfere with children’s and young people’s health and education and their ability to reach their full potential. “
Within our PSHE framework, the themes and units encourage young people to engage in topics about self-identity, families and friends, relationships, societal change and learn about the importance of dealing with mental health and wellbeing. In turn, this helps increase interest in what is happening around the world. Overall, it inspires young people to act and behave more responsibly when around others.
While it is important to dedicate time to learners to understand these themes in more detail, we also need to recognise that the schools’ actions will also affect how the school and its young people interact and contribute to the wider community. Integrating the curriculum across the school allows for small steps to be taken in boosting mindfulness and wellbeing which then have the potential to impact more far-reaching actions.
Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education (PSHE) is now a mandatory subject for schools who follow the UK curriculum. By following the curriculum provided by Jigsaw you are not only inspiring children to become more globalised citizens but ensuring schools follow statutory requirements from the DfE and Ofsted.
“PSHE, and in particular its elements of relationships education, sex education, and health education, are of critical importance in every school, and to every pupil,” says schools inspector Roary Pownall, Ofsted’s subject lead for PSHE Education, RSHE and Citizenship.
“Creating a mindfulness approach across the whole school community can have a major impact on the world.”
As such we are so proud to be able to provide school groups, leaders, teachers, and young people with a curriculum that motivates learners to be more mindful, understanding and socially aware of the local or global communities they live in.
Health and wellbeing have become an increasingly important part of education over the past few years and have now been heightened even more. At Jigsaw we hope that schools around the world contribute to developing the lives of young people through a curriculum that enables learners to be capable of influencing change.
Creating a mindfulness approach across the whole school community can have a major impact on the world. If we support our learners, families and parents around the issues of SEL, mental health and wellbeing we will be creating a new generation of young people who are going to move on to achieve truly great success. From here, who knows what lies in the future.
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