What has been the impact of your solution to date?
The counselor who has developed a deep understanding of empathy through arts has a multiplier effect in a school community. One counselor reaches on average 1000 students in a school through his/her work over the course of a school year.
As a result of previous projects, participants (over 100,000 children trained by 100 counselor trainees) have shown increases in self concept and socio-emotional development. 40 high school students studied developed more empathetic and humanitarian approaches in inter-group attitudes.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
30 program participants will receive creative approaches for building-in empathy into everyday classes in schools and will enhance collaboration skills. Average 5,400 child beneficiaries will have increased skills in communication and emotional literacy, awareness of diversity issues and problem solving.
Good practice empathy education model will be presented to the Ministry of National Education of Turkey (which is in need of such a curriculum) to be included in the formal training curriculum. Principles and practices of peace education through empathy-building will be made available for widespread use in relevant institutions.
The training will affect 70-90% of participants’ emotional intelligence and conflict resolution skills which are directly related to empathy development.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Challenges: Low status allocated to the arts in education and collaborative socio-emotional learning in Turkey. Also of concern: existing educational expectations,prejudices and stereotyping, readiness level of counselors, schools and children for training, the educational system itself, readiness of academic institutions to collaborate, and management of financial constraints.
The above challenges can be overcome by trialling our innovative activities in controlled settings - careful ongoing monitoring and scaffolding of applications and gathering diagnostic data to support growth and change. We will utilise existing good relations with relevant stakeholder institutions throughout the project to promote public awareness, engaging families and stakeholders through active communication.
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30 counselors are equipped to recognize anti-social behaviours among children and engage them in empathetic problem solving.
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30 counselors working in pairs provide 5,400 children in 4 schools in Istanbul with opportunities to build empathy skills.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
Since 2010 when YORET and BUPEARC first collaborated in training school counselors, the counselor trainees repeatedly commented on the value of hands-on peace education activities. Ayse, new counselor who graduated one year before, described her training experience as positive and a definite contribution to her professional formation. “The training definitely contributed to my classroom management and communication skills, and the tools were helpful for building on the theoretical academic focus I received at my University,” she said. Nilufer, trained counselor shared, "From day one I was able to encourage students to use their initiatives, to help them produce art work without judging if they did a good or a bad job. I used physical activities, developmental games, and skill builders in my work. I am proud to be able to do all these."
This training in 2010 enhanced the counselors’ practice by more effective reach out to children and young people. This was when we had our "Aha!".