November 2, 2012
I have been in the educational profession for 21 years, I was introduced to SFK 9 years ago in 2003, where I was fortunate enough to be able to teach and trial the SFK curriculum in my school in the UK. The program was a huge success, not in an academic way, but in a way where children's lives were changed. I taught many teenagers on the brink of suicide and drug abuse, who really cried out for help that many schools can't truly provide through the academic route, there are even restrictions within the Personal, social health education route, SFK allowed the children to acquire tools to be able to change the way they perceive, react, think, speak and act towards themsleves and others. It gabe them an inner strength at their core, it gave them ways of coping and becoming resilient, ways of communicating and connecting with others. All of those things we try and do in any academic institution but in takes us longer to introduce those tools. SFK is designed in such a way to give those tools in a creative and inspirational way so that the seeds are planted in an in depth way...they allowed the children the opportunity to see their own reflections and how they can share in ways to overcome obstacles. It is a program which empowers all! Every teacher, facilitator and volunteer learns what it means to become connected to others, to become resilient and everyone is inspired creatively and encouraged to be the best they can possibly be. After 21 years in the Education system, having taught all over the world, I believe that SFK is a program which can support children at the core of their being to help them make the right choices throughout their lives. Many of the SFK students from 2003- are at university or have jobs and are following their dreams. Many of them chose not to commit suicide or take the drugs route because SFK taught them how to be happy no matter what. As an educational professional, a volunteer, a global traveler, I too have been using the tools of SFK and learnt how to be resilient, happy and to live my potential! It works and it's a program which every child globally ought to be exposed to...
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