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1 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 1 The Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well Being of Children

2 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 2 Issue/Challenge How can learning environments of children and young people become more conducive to their well being

3 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 3 The WHO defines health as : A state of complete physical, mental and social well being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity UNESCOs 1972 commission report asserted : Education should contribute to every persons complete development – mind and body, intelligence, sensitivity, aesthetic appreciation and spirituality

4 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 4 Education systems still tend to be modeled on "19 th century" models: the classroom the teacher the grade structure the text book

5 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 5 The standardized and centralized educational structure and an emphasis on performance and grades cannot provide adequate attention to: Individual and sociological diversity Autonomy and self-organization Active participation of children Acknowledgement and recognition rather than evaluation of learning Play, and the pleasure of unevaluated experience Being in the moment

6 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 6 Trans-disciplinary Vector Sport Neuro-cognitive sciences Mind-body disciplines Education Pedagogy Medical sciences Genetics Ecology Psychology Spirituality Brain research Well being is an emerging transdisciplinary field that builds on many different disciplines

7 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 7 Challenges in Defining Well Being The definition needed to be: Specific enough to provide a common understanding in the work of UEF. Broad enough to take into account subjective context-based elements such as culture, age, gender, resources etc. Flexible enough to allow for its evolution with deepening understanding of the concept. Easy to communicate

8 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 8 Current working definition Well being is the realization of ones physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual potential.

9 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 9 The UNESCO Task Force put forward the idea that education throughout life is based upon four pillars: Learning to know Learning to do Learning to live together Learning to be

10 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 10 Indicators of well being (1) A general sense of coherence between the way ones life is and the way in which one would like it to be. A deep sense of being safe and supported by one's environment or ones spiritual belief system. A pervasive sense of self-esteem, satisfaction, joy, curiosity, wonder and gratitude, with the capacity to navigate and cope with a full spectrum of emotions. A satisfying sense of self-expression and self-actualization, and meaningful and rewarding engagement in relationships, learning, work, creativity, leisure and play. A developed sense of self awareness that allows one to recognize and monitor ones inner processes and their relationship to external experience and to navigate with confidence between the two.

11 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 11 Indicators of well being (2) A pervasive sense of physical health and vitality and a rewarding engagement in physical activity, acting, creating and producing in the physical world A sense of respect and concern for and interconnectedness with the natural environment and pleasure in engaging with it in and caring for it. A gratifying sense of belonging, interdependence, compassion and pleasure in contributing to and nurturing ones communities and human and non-human environments. A confidence in ones ability to manage challenging situations and ambiguity with competence, choice, influence and flexibility.

12 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 12 Indicators of well being (3) A prevalent sense of acceptance, optimism, resourcefulness, resilience and capacity for growth and healing in the face of life's challenges. A capacity to engage fully in the experience of the present moment - to be present and undistracted with the mind- body-emotional-social experience as it happens – without distractions or anxieties, and in this way be available for inspired thought and action. This includes the capacity to be fully engaged with the learning process (whichever aspects may be involved at the time) as it unfolds. An understanding of physical, emotional, social, mental and spiritual healing processes so that one can feel secure in knowing that when there are difficulties, imbalances and traumas that there are ways to heal them, and that wounds and healing are an integral part of the life cycle.

13 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 13 Vision Education by All for the Well Being of Children

14 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 14 Our Values Respect Integrity Caring Learning from experience

15 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 15 Purpose We seek to inspire people to listen more to children and young people and to take more initiatives for their well being.

16 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 16 Our Goal (1) Children and young people in more and more countries experience improved well being in their lives thanks to: education and healthcare systems, which are effectively promoting and monitoring well being for children and young people. ICT and media which are invested in the well being of children and are increasingly able to measure the impacts of their activities in those terms, and adjust accordingly.

17 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 17 Our Goal (2) education, which is increasingly perceived as a healthcare delivery system (prevention of disease and promotion of health). the fact that well being of children is increasingly recognized and assumed as a responsibility shared by health care, education, media and ICT as well as by all adults in their personal and professional roles. the resources gathered, created and disseminated by UEF, which are valued and used by our partners, as well as by an increasing number of individuals and institutions worldwide. we speak the language of children and young people.

18 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 18 Success factors Engaging children and young people in the transformation of their learning environments so they are more conducive to their well-being. Recognising and disseminating co-creative initiatives that impact positively the learning environments of children and better support and nurture their well being. Promoting the well being of children and young people by developing a system for encouraging and monitoring the conscious nurturing of their well being in different learning environments. Well being is the realization of our physical, emotional, mental, social and spiritual potential. Facilitating multi-sector dialogues on the well being of children. Developing a co-creative culture within UEF and with its partners.

19 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 19 Programme of activities UEF has developed a programme of linked activities: The Voice of Children Initiative: - Learning Environment Observatory (LEO) - VOC Virtual Community The Elham Inspirational Programme which will recognize and support individuals, groups and organizations for initiatives and endeavours that have contributed significantly towards making childrens and young peoples learning environments more conducive to their well being. Elham will focus particularly on recognizing and supporting people and initiatives from education, community based organizations, media, health and ICT. The Learning for Well Being Forum will bring together local and global actors from education, health, ICT and media to provide opportunities to listen to children's voices, showcase Elham Ambassadors initiatives and inspire new ventures..

20 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 20 Voice of Children Initiative Children's and young people's perspectives on the impact of their learning environments (education, health, media and ICT) Learning Environment Observatory: quantitative and qualitative research toolkit to study the impact of learning environments Virtual community: mechanism for listening to the voices of young people worldwide & inspiring other innovations and changes

21 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 21 Elham Inspirational Program Identify, recognize, support, inspire and disseminate contributions by individuals / teams making childrens learning environments more conducive to their well being Elham Ambassadors: special emphasis on supporting the Elham nominees as inspiring examples Success stories: valuable learning resource for interested actors Consultative development process involving various stakeholders from education, health, media, ICT, government as well as students, parents, teachers, etc..

22 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 22 Learning for Well being Forum General theme: Learning for Well Being The Forum will showcase the work of the Elham Ambassadors Global and local actors from business, government and civil society, representing different learning environments (education, health, media and ICT), engaged in the Elham process, will contribute to the Forum. Transdisicplinary space for mutual learning and discussion Identify priorities and key insights The purpose of the forum is to put childrens well being on the educational reform agenda and to create space for mutual learning and for a discussion on how various learning environments can contribute more effectively to childrens well being.

23 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 23 Voice of Children Initiative - Middle East pilot 2006 Bottom-up partnership building process: government, civil society, business Process for development of indicators & tools Indicators developed around two clusters: well being & school environment parameters Qualitative & quantitative research using focus groups and questionnaire Outcomes and results Refining the methodology and tools Reporting

24 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 24 Regional Collaborators In cooperation with other organizations from the region including: CISCO, Microsoft, Intel, Ministries of Education and ICT, Child Watch International (MENA), UNICEF, Jordan University, Al Quds University,

25 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 25 Specific objectives of the pilot Develop a conceptual framework for the well being of children as a basis for defining indicators for all aspects of well being. The development of a global, modular and flexible framework for the qualitative and quantitative components, sensitive to cultural and contextual considerations. Test the framework and use different research tools to analyze the results of the pilot. Test the instruments reliability and validity.

26 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 26 Developing the quantitative and qualitative research School environment dimensions –Teachers and teacher student relations –General school climate –Classroom climate –Teaching/learning methods –School activities –Peer relations

27 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 27 Qualitative / Quantitative Qualitative: What is on the minds and in the hearts of students: –Focus groups Quantitative Definition of indicators which cover the various parameters of the school environment and the various dimensions and sub dimensions of well being –Structured self-administered survey

28 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 28 Selected Design Elements (Quantitative) 14 – 17 year old school students (10th grade) Probability sample Research tool piloted for content and methodology Self administered questionnaires Over 100 indicators

29 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 29 Sample Jordan = 1340 students Lebanon = 1500 students Palestine = 1697 students

30 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 30 Pilot Reporting Country and cross-country reports including: In-depth analysis of findings against the various background variables Identifying meaningful trends and correlations Validity and reliability tests of various elements of the tool

31 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 31 How safe do you feel?

32 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 32 My school supports my curiosity and inquiry

33 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 33 My school causes me anxiety and fear

34 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 34 Student satisfaction with: student participation in the school environment (school governance, school activities, school community relations.....)

35 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 35 Student satisfaction with: school parent relations

36 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 36 During the current school year, have you ever been physically bullied (hit, slapped, pushed….)?

37 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 37 If your answer to the previous question was yes, who bullied you?

38 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 38 During the current school year, have you ever been emotionally bullied ( yelled at, humiliated, isolated, threatened….)?

39 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 39 If your answer to the previous question was yes, who bullied you?

40 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 40 How Comfortable are you dealing with a person from the opposite sex ? 60.3% 51.3% 85.%

41 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 41 How Comfortable are you, dealing with a person from the opposite sex ? 61.2% 63.8%

42 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 42 How comfortable are you, talking with your teachers ?

43 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 43 In my mind, a teacher is associated with the image of :

44 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 44 Which of the following environments has the most influence on forming your ideas and beliefs?

45 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 45 Current partners Academy for Educational Development (Washington) Education Development Center (Boston) European Institute of Education and Social Policy (Paris) European Public Health Alliance International Partnership Network Madariaga European Foundation (Brussels) Media in Education Trust (Durban, South Africa) World Education (Boston) The United Nations ICT Task Force (New York) United Nations Fund for international Partnerships University of Wales Institute Cardiff (Wales) Welfare Association www.uef-eba.org

46 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 46 Board Marwan Awartani Amir Dossal Corinne Evens Raymond Georis Mary Grey Daniel Kropf John Volmink

47 Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children 47Universal Education Foundation Education by All for the Well-Being of Children The Universal Education Foundation Education by all for the well-being of children UEF is a non-profit organization registered in the Netherlands. Its founders come from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The secretariat is in Ramallah and there are operational offices in Boston and Paris. Website: www.uef-eba.org For more information, please contact: Marwan Awartani, Secretary General Telephone: +972 2 296 7967 or +32 2 209 6226 E-mail mawartani@uef-eba.org


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