School-based mental health programs – will it work?

That question has been in my mind for these past few days. The education system in Indonesia desperately need a positive change that may boost the quality of school, teachers and their teaching style and also, the students.

Training for teachers in this issues may need to be done soon because teachers serve as the central agent of changing in the classroom and curricula. In order to get a positive change in the school system, teachers need to show their sustainability and fidelity to implement the intervention or prevention programs that they get from the training. It is not as easy as how it used to be, because many times the teachers need to ask their own belief in their capability to affect students performance and have strong influence in school system. When teachers are able to motivate themselves, then it’s possible for them to produce students’ successful behavior output in their classrooms and school.

Another problem that may occur is the lack of funding in school. So many schools in Indonesia are having the same problems, so they not send their teachers in any trainings or seminars, even though they are aware of the possible positive outcomes from the trainings and/or seminars.

Teachers’ judgment of their students’ behavior and of the acceptability of the program also affect the sustainability of the implementation. When teachers think negatively on those two issues, then it will affect their interest and willingness to implement the programs.

So, for all the teachers out there – are you willing to be the agent of changing? Because your students need you to do that!

Way to go, teachers…

How School Work These Days?

I’ve been working in education field for 3 years and I can say that I understand this world better than before. One thing that really bothers me is the increasing number of anxiety in young children due to the load of their school works. My students would come to my place with their uniforms (did not have time to go home and change the clothes … or having a nice lunch) and that ‘oh-no-Cicil-again’ look. Well, they don’t mind with me, but they do mind when I started to open their school bags.

Stressed Student

Stressed Student

This week is the most hectic week for P3 students. They have 4 tests in 4 days and they’re all unit tests, not just spelling test or practice. Bahasa Indonesia on Tuesday – Science on Wednesday – Math on Thursday – and English on Friday. Oh, I haven’t told you about the school works and home works. I feel bad for my students, because they always look very tired every time they finished school.

I have an A+ student who never missed the 1st spot in every term. Well, he could be excluded from the general population who suffer anxiety and depression. Let’s just focus on the general population who feels depressed. One of my students said that her mother is always busy with her work and never really took care of her. So, her mom will review her school works around 10pm after she closed her store! This poor child  get to bed at 12, so you can guess how she perform at school.

I believe that we need to implement a school-based mental health programs, in which children’ psychosocial factors are being taken care of by the school and/or parents. It’s not just merely academic, because by enhancing their social and emotional competencies, students can learn and achieve academically too.

So, way to go teachers …