How to Teach Kids to read in 2020+ Chapter 2
2 – FROM DANGER ZONES TO SAFE ZONES
The daily life of our children can be divided into zones, as to be the Home zone, the Street Zone, the School Zone and the Club Zone. Each of these zones can either be a danger or a safe zone.
In my work with children and youngsters and as a volunteer, trying to prevent extremism, and participating in numerous seminars and lectures on youth crime and Exit programs, I have concluded that:
Majority of the children and youngsters who end up without a proper education and a criminal lifestyle, with danger of ending in a radicalized environment or in prison, have all mainly lived in pure danger zones.
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Throughout this book I will mention these zones several times. A zone is a closed community or area where if it’s a danger zone the child is exposed to or live in concrete danger to his or her wellbeing. Or even their life and are stimulated in a harmful and negative way.
The home can be a danger zone if there’s is violence, physical or verbal abuse or total absence of adult mature guidance. The Street zone is a danger zone if there are groups of youngsters occupying the area the child need to pass or play, who are engaged in criminal activities. Or if they live in an area patrolled by police who have an eye on his identity, ex. as we have seen in Copenhagen where the police only made visitation zones in areas where foreigners live in great numbers.
The School zone can be a danger zone if the child is surrounded with children, adults and teachers who have a prejudge mental attitude towards the child’s identity or their parents and background, thereby allowing or ignoring other children misbehaviour towards them, likewise in the club zone. If a child is surrounded solely by danger zones, its pure logic to see where this child will be heading. There are no safe zones to withdraw to and take a rest and get into balance.
The School As A Safe Zone
We need to secure that the child has a majority of safe zones and in the school, we as teachers are responsible for one of the most important zones if not the most important zone in any child’s life. And it is crucial that we at any cost make every child feel that the school is a safe zone, and if there is any danger from any individual, that the child knows exactly how to handle the situation.
The school is a model for the children of the big world. If there’s is injustice in the school and the teachers can protect a wrong act toward a child behind their position, it is very likely that the children will transfer this to their perception of the big world. This will affect their ability to handle their life and possibilities with the ideals and tools of democratic equal human rights.
If the home, club or the street is a danger zone and ex if media and politicians also make their area a danger zone by referring to them and their neighbours as being a problem. Thereby making the whole society a danger zone when they daily hear news about themself as a group. In the bus on their way to school their identity and intentions are being publicly debated.
In the same time their families are being bombed in countries far away and this is also debated in the media and a part of the curriculum. It can become like a never ending story of missery and retriggered trauma.
There’s not much we as teachers and school can do about that, other than teaching the children in our time with them about the society we live in. About how people use their freedom of speech and what is human rights and how the law is working and that they are created with purposes to protect the citizens from violence etc.
When the child feels safe in the school, they have a much better chance to help themselves in the other zones. The children will feel confident enough to use the already tested procedures from the class and thereby engage their teacher or school social worker or nurse when it’s needed, which is crucial.
The lack of feeling in a safe zone in the schools and not being taught about body safety or how to manoeuvre the system is the main reason I will postulate without hesitation, that thousands of children worldwide are not offered the help they are in need of.Helene Larsen
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