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By Susana Goncalves Viana

We live in a digital world filled with many great opportunities but also with significant difficulties that have an impact on our lives. It is therefore critical for adults and children to be resilient so that they’re more able to cope in the world we live in today.


What does being resilient mean?

‘Bouncing back’ from adversity means that you need to be adaptable and to problem-solve when you find yourself in difficult situations. You need to know how to spot when things can go wrong and to use what you know to make things better. You need to be self-aware and to feel connected to others, building strong relationships that have caring for others at their core. When facing tough times, you need to feel confident and able to find solutions, and to remain optimistic.

In a nutshell, in order to help children develop resilience, schools need to help them work on: self-awareness, relationships, confidence, seeking solutions, caring and optimism. Below are some activities to help schools to begin to focus on some of these areas.


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