The goal of Compassionate School Network is to create a compassionate and conducive learning environment that raises compassionate children who will grow up to become empathetic adults. And we, at Compassionate School Network, are committed to bringing educators the practical tools they need to develop and sustain relationships with students, engage in an integrated academic environment which equally focuses on social skills to practice compassion.Objective
We aim to establish a network of schools with teachers who have undergone rigorous training through our programs based on compassionate skills (integrity, gratitude, altruism, humility, etc.). We have developed a supplementary curriculum with the help of experts to create an element of responsive classrooms. Our schools are actively taking part in the Collaborative Libraries Project as well as Compassionate Footprint Project, where we aim to bridge the gaps prevailing in our society due to differences in demographics with content-driven activities on education and environment. These activities are exciting as we have integrated modern-day school challenges like bullying to make our programs more relevant to the students. This is helping them embrace diversity, practice compassion, and aspiring to make the world a better place to live in!Unique Perspective
The Compassionate School Network is the first of its kind globally and is a locally grown initiative to give educators the tools and training they need to teach compassion. The goal is to raise compassionate children who will then grow up to become compassionate adults, creating a more tolerant and peaceful society. Compassionate School Network project incorporates nine behavior-based skills of compassion in students lives through training of educators and creation of supplementary curriculum.What all you offer
So far, we have successfully established a network of 400 schools that have gone through our trainers extensive teacher training program. Towards the end of each academic year, a behavior analytics report is shared with the school management to showcase their performance in relationship development, educational environment, and community engagement. We are now profiling areas to target schools in more vulnerable and marginalized communities to reach our goal of reaching out to 5000 schools by the year 2025.Impact in numbers
200 schools are part of this network; however, 70 schools are actively participating as of today. Out of those, 42 reside in high-income groups, while 28 cater to children from low-income areas of Karachi. Over the years, CfC Pakistan has trained 5,000 teachers in nine skills of compassion, conflict management, and Peace, the teachings of which have trickled down to over 35,000 children in the city. The donor for this project was the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). Recently, CfC, in collaboration with DAI, is building the capacity of 40 schools engaging 450 teachers in 6 new underprivileged communities across Karachi. Additionally, an anti-bullying campaign has been added to the program. This includes training of selected teachers from these schools by Psychologists on fostering positive behavioral change in the students.