By Janvikas and Samerth, Gujarat

Children living in families that are displaced due to war, conflicts or families where parents are going through divorce, alcoholic or unemployed are exposed to various risks. The level of risk and their impact varies from child to child. Few come out with strong and positive out look towards life and some develop various destructive behavioural traits or gets into various unhealthy practices. Those who develop positive attitude towards life are more resilient in nature. Resilience is fundamentally says that it is not so much the hard times that we face that determine our success or failure as the way in which we respond to hard times. Internationally recognized disaster response mechanisms such as SPHERE standards have clearly enunciated the need for trauma counseling for children to cope with disaster. Two years after the Gujarat roits (2002), National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Science ( NIMHANS), Bangalore  conducted a research in various parts of Ahmadabad to compare the situation of those children who have received counselling to those who didn't and it was found that the distress levels were much less in areas where there has been interventions. In other groups, the distress level and social disability was high. Teaching children to be emotionally resilient will help them to be in control and build confidence to work through challenging situations effectively. As per CorStone, emotional resilience reinforces people's confidence that they can help themselves and others. It enables individuals, families and communities to face challenges, develop and maintain a positive attitude, make healthful choices, and solve problems on every scale. This research aimed to study the impact of   Emotional Resilience curriculum (developed by CorStone) on Children affected by communal violence in Gujarat The understanding was to initiate a systematic engagement with children to help them cope up with the feelings and develop and positive self-image and study the impact of curriculum

The objectives of the research study are

  • To study the curriculum implementation process for its adequate contextualization.
  • To study the influence of emotional resilience curriculum on well being of children.
  • To study extent of integration of emotional resilience practices in daily lives of children.

The core questions articulated for being answered through the research are as under

  • Do the curriculum activities facilitate children to develop a positive self image?
  • Do the curriculum activities facilitate children to develop coping mechanisms to deal with conflicts in schools?
  • Do the curriculum activities facilitate children to develop empathy?
  • Do the curriculum activities facilitate children to recognize own strengths and put them to use in multiple ways.
  • Do the curriculum activities facilitate children to recognize own feelings?

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