In 2020, GPE allocated the government of Tanzania a US$15.16 million grant to help the country mitigate the impacts of school closure while also building the resilience of the education system. With children returning to school, efforts are now focused on ensuring the well-being, safety and continued learning of all students, including children with disabilities.
Providing psychosocial support to students
The psychological impact of COVID-19 pandemic on students has been high, causing major disruptions to their daily lives, and triggering feelings of anxiety and fear. Now more than ever, students should be able to rely on their teachers to help them find a new normal and support their well-being and mental health.
Therefore, GPE is partnering with the government of Tanzania to ensure teachers are adequately prepared with the necessary tools to help students overcome the emotional challenges posed by COVID-19.
To achieve this goal, GPE has been funding the production and distribution of simplified guidebooks for teachers to be used as counseling tools. These guidebooks include:
- Methods for identifying students requiring counseling
- Techniques for providing guidance and counseling to students in primary and secondary levels
- Qualities and skills needed for school counseling teachers
- Best practices in providing child counseling
- Guidance and counseling infrastructure requirements
- COVID-19 and other pandemic precautions.