IPB-HROC received a request from a secondary school in Nyakabiga zone to conduct a three day HROC basic workshop for representatives of teachers and a group of student volunteers in the Red Cross club on July 27 – 29, 2020. 9 teachers and 11 students were present, a total of 10 females and 10 males.
This was the first time students and teachers met together in a HROC workshop. It was a new experience in trauma healing and an amazing one.
Nyakabiga zone was negatively affected by the 2015 political crisis. Workshop facilitators were able to realize that many of the stories from the participants were about their fathers who were lost in a different crisis when they were soldiers from the National Army. Those losses caused complicated traumatic experiences as, often, the bodies of the deceased were not given back to their families for burial customs. In such circumstances, it is important to help the participants to release their anger and frustration.
As the workshop met with teachers and students together, it became a platform for them to discuss issues that are causes of trauma at their school. They also discussed good things that contribute to a harmonious atmosphere at the school. The outcome: an amazing and wonderful workshop.