Teachers offer a lifeline for children in war - but do they get the support they need?

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Happy teacher = happy child

Research Lead
“CORE recognises the stress and burnout teachers face. Supporting them to identify what constitutes a good teacher helps them strengthen their own wellbeing and take actions to become the teacher they want to be. This leads to more compassionate, enabling and quality education environments where children can grow socially and emotionally.'”

April Coetzee, teacher and War Child researcher

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Want to learn more or ask a question? Contact April via email or LinkedIn.


Teachers' mental health

  • 75 million school-aged children in conflict-affected countries need a quality, protective education.
  • Teaching in these settings is stressful. There is little professional development, resources are scarce and salaries are often irregular.
  • By failing to address teachers' well-being, many people don’t enter the profession, leave it or need to interrupt their work to manage their burnout or distress.

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CORE is made up of five two-hour wellbeing workshops and three months of intensive teacher coaching - spread across six modules during regular school hours. To download a schematic overview, click here.


Whole-School Approach

We use a whole-school approach in order to assist the improved wellbeing of all teachers and create a supportive, enabling and compassionate classroom and school environment. We provide reflective, teacher-focused and iterative support that encourages the teacher to clarify what qualities truly matter to them and take committed action to fulfil this.


Our partners

CORE is being developed with the support of a variety of expert partners. These include:



A three month practice run of the method has been conducted with teachers and coaches in Chocó, Colombia. In Uganda, a feasibility study is ongoing.

Current research

Based on Evidence

We are currently implementing a feasibility study in Uganda that will test the relevance of CORE in both formal and non-formal school environments. We will also seek to measure changes in teacher wellbeing. Data will be available mid 2023.

Next steps

Our research agenda

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CORE will be further tested for acceptance, relevance and feasibility in Uganda and Colombia.

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Meet our Research and Development Team

April Coetzee considers herself first and foremost a teacher. On top of that, she is also a War Child researcher and PhD student of the University of Amsterdam. She has spent over 15 years in the field of Education in Emergencies in vulnerable and conflict-affected settings.