Education experts from Leeds Beckett University to develop mental wellness framework for schools in the Middle East and North Africa

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Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie School of Education – led by Professor Anthony Maher and Rachel Bostwick – is creating the new framework with international officials from the Department of Education, school ambassadors and British Council working groups in eight participating countries.

The countries concerned are Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Iraq, Palestine, Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt.

Prof Maher explained, “The framework aims to provide structure for schools in the MENA region, plan and develop their mental wellness offering to meet the needs of students and staff.

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“We are working closely with schools to ensure that the new framework and new training materials will be culturally appropriate, context-sensitive and highly user-driven by the school ambassadors who support the mental well-being of the school. staff and students of schools in the region. “

The project started in September 2021 and the team has so far defined six key focus areas.

Areas include working with national organizations and agencies and developing a school culture of metal wellness.

Training materials will be created and given to school ambassadors – in English and Arabic – to help their schools develop their mental well-being offer in relation to each of these areas of interest.

Prof Maher added: “It is crucial that the framework provides structured guidance, but is also flexible enough to adapt to national and local priorities, objectives, strategies and partnership work. ”

The project builds on the extensive work of the Carnegie Center of Excellence for Mental Health in Leeds Beckett Schools.

The Centre’s professional development framework – the “School Mental Health Award” – helps schools nationally and internationally to highlight their policies and initiatives that aim to improve the emotional health and well-being of the school. staff and students.

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