- Keynote : Eline Snel.
- Panel : Eline Snel, Vincent Paré, Laurence Gaspary, Catherine Lannoy, Nathalie Bourgeois, Candice E. Marro, Maria-Lisa Guidi, Bastien Isabelle.
Eline Snel's intervention
Facilitating factors for implementation of mindfulness in schools :
National educational system
- Awareness of a growing need for mindfulness as a possible answer to many problems
Concentration, stress, classroom disorder, behavioral problems, bullying, lack of compassion, low
Self-esteem, impaired wellbeing, anxiousness
- Political and societal discussion on the curriculum for 2032
Relative freedom for schools and teachers to determine their own curriculum
- Less pressure from (external) standardized tests
- A high standard education for teachers in mindfulness for children
- Budget for schools and teachers to follow mindfulness courses
- Educational leadership
principals/managers with a positive vision on mindfulness, facilitating teacher training in mindfulness (for children) and introduction of mindfulness in their schools;
- Educational vision/aims/values connected with mindfulness
school vision/concept/ aims regarding educating the whole child, wellbeing, anti bullying, promoting concentration, (self) compassion. Fulfilling the natural needs of children to be autonomous, competent and related to others
- Human resources management aimed at the wellbeing, stress prevention of teachers
- Bottom up strategy
Start with teachers who are motivated, interested and willing (the early adopters).
Never force teachers to follow mindfulness courses;
Let teachers experience mindfulness exercises, (show, don’t tell, in workshops, informational meetings, etc.)
Teachers need a structural method for teaching mindfulness to children.
- “Specialized” mindfulness teachers
financial and organizational possibilities to let teachers train children in other classes than their own;
Teachers who are not educated as a child trainer do daily short mindfulness exercises the in cooperation with the educated child trainers.
Information on how to practice at home (informally). If possible: a parenting course