Trauma-informed education in Northern Ethiopia
USAID’s READ II Education Recovery Activity includes a key component that addressed the traumas sustained by students, educators and their families as a result of the two-year conflict in Northern Ethiopia.
A trauma-informed system is “one in which all parties involved recognize and respond to the impact of traumatic stress on those who have contact with the system including children, caregivers, staff, and service providers.” Adopting trauma-informed practices, “schools undertake a holistic approach to recognize, understand and address the learning needs of children impacted by trauma.”
Originally designed as an early grade reading program, USAID’s READ II Education Recovery Activity pivoted to provide education in conflict services to students, educators and families in three regions. It demonstrated how education can be a life sustaining tool in conflict affected communities by supporting about 500,000 children to return to learning and continue their education.
READ II Education Recovery Activity is implemented by Creative Associates International and World Vision. The opinions expressed in this video are of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the position of the U.S. government or its implementing organizations.