By Chris Ojow
The currently experienced situation of
economic shutdowns , joblessness, starvations,
deaths and the daily rise in infections Globally
due to coronavirus pandemic has forced over
1.2 billion children out of school.
And impacting their overall well-being as many
experience malnutrition, violence at home,
higher levels of stress, anxiety and uncertainty
about the future; some do not have access to
online or remote learning opportunities, and
many are struggling with social isolation.
During these challenging times, educators have
a critical role to play in supporting children’s
social, emotional and spiritual well-being, and
creating learning opportunities to strengthen
children’s critical thinking, sense of belonging to
a larger community, interconnectedness with
others while keeping physical distancing, and
providing spaces for children to reflect about
and respond to the ethical challenges we all
The online course builds on Arigatou
International’s long-standing expertise in
promoting ethics education for children.
Provides educators with knowledge and tools to
use a transformative pedagogy that places
children at the center of the educational
experience, helps creating safe learning
environments, responds to their context and
realities, and fosters participatory and
A pedagogy that encourages critical thinking,
imagination and critical consciousness about
the realities of children, and promotes self-
driven learning, which are critical components
for education in our modern days .
Above all, educators will identify concrete ways
to engage children in ethical reflections, nurture
their spirituality and foster interconnectedness
and collective action in a world that needs to
learn how to live together.
The course aims to create learning
opportunities for teachers to:
Get acquainted with the Arigatou International
Ethics Education Framework and pedagogical
approach and how it responds to the needs of
the current context.
And share each other’s contexts during
COVID-19 and implications on children and
To learn how to create safe, positive and
empowering learning environments and
opportunities for children and youth while
fostering interfaith learning and collaboration.
Identify concrete ways to strengthen children’s
ability to reflect about the current situation and
respond to the ethical challenges during and
after the COVID-19 Pandemic while fostering.
Also develop strategies to ensure children’s
socio-emotional and spiritual well-being and to
empower them as agents of positive change.
The online course for teachers is part of “Faith
in Action for Children,” a global campaign
launched by Arigatou International to call on
religious leaders and communities to increase
their actions in response to the impact of the
COVID-19 pandemic on children.