It is so exciting to wait for the arrival of Dr Saima Ali from Karachi University in Pakistan later today,
on a prestigious Rutherford Commonwealth Scholarship programme for a year. It was an extremely competitive process across all academic fields, which speaks for our awardee’s pedigree. Our task in this year? To facilitate a leadership programme and research strategy for years to come.
But awards and scholarships are mere tips of the iceberg. I had experienced these qualities in real life at the Psychology Department in Karachi. This was a current, not future leader. The future leaders were the students in front of us in the photo. They were inquisitive, critical and funny. All more so, for being young women fighting their own battles. Unleashing their potential will be the REAL challenge of our programme. Which is even more exciting!
The only purpose of this online training is to make it as widely accessible as possible. We have tried to negotiate fair access to colleagues from low-income countries, either through discounts or fee waivers.
So, if you are employed by a local or national organization in a low-income country, please let us know through the course message form!
Lots of technical hiccups, but we got there. It was a challenge to put the WACIT foundation training together as an online module. One has to look at materials the other way round, as if participants are in the room. Yet, it was easy to imagine all several hundred of those I met in the last three years, then try to remember how they responded when adapting the interactive tools for this E-Learn Child Trauma Awareness module.
Thanks to Stevie for persevering along with her own modules. Let’s keep on eye on adapting and hopefully adding more modules. Feedback greatly appreciated:
At one level, it was wonderful to see the new school materials raised by Action for African Refugees, led by Emma and Luciana, only within a few days. Yet, some sadness at the same time that crowdfunding was required for what is a basic human right, that these materials
will only reach a small minority of refugee children, and that refugee adolescents have pay school fees which virtually rules them out…
How do children in disadvantage understand resilience and related strategies? Or, do they? Even more so, coming from different cultures and developmental groups?
If you work in low- or middle-income countries and want to find out about Prof John Maltby’s exciting international study, and join, do get in touch!