About this Project

The educators and leaders of the Presbyterian Christian Schools of Belize will be spending a week together to discuss and work on building healthy schools and Christian communities.  The training will be a certified program from the International Institute for Restorative Practices (IIRP) that looks at both the proactive and reactive approaches to building good cultures in our organizations, institutions and schools.  In Christian education, we look to grow our communities and deal with issues/conflicts in robust and honest ways.  Seeing conflict as a way to better communication and true understanding helps to reframe things so that shalom and peace can be restored when things go wrong.  The participants will learn how to have restorative conversations, circles and conferences.

Restorative practices can also be used as a proactive approach to build healthy community in classrooms and staff rooms with parents and community members.  Restorative Practices are a way of being....they honour people as image-bearers of God and give safe opportunities for students, teachers, and leaders to engage in the educational enterprise.  Restorative practices honours a Biblical Christian education framework.  It builds on participatory pedagogy and creates safe and joy-filled spaces for all members of the Christian community to thrive and grow.

This training is being fascilitated in partnership with Shalem Mental Health Network and their Director of Restorative Practices, Anne Martin. Shalem and Anne bring valuable knowledge and experience and are excited to share that with our partners.

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