Resilience and Extreme Situations

Conference: The Paris Conference on Education (PCE2022)
Title: Resilience and Extreme Situations
Stream: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Ivica Ancic, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Lidija Runko Luttenberger, University of Rijeka, Croatia
Zlatica Colja-Hrsak, OS Petra Zrinskog, Croatia


Resilience, as the ability to respond appropriately in crisis, can be learned, practiced and developed in different situations. Particular role here plays the education system, i.e. schools, which should prepare children for such events. Experience in Croatia from 2020 shows that the education system did not meet these expectations. During the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, children were asked to stay at home. On March 23, the entire school system was set to go online. But on March 22 a strong earthquake struck Zagreb and found the entire system, already impacted by the pandemic, unprepared for such extremes. Both children and teachers were at a loss, not knowing whether to stay at home, or to go outside. Many fled the capital to rural areas without Internet access and unable to attend the school online. The experience of teaching in such extreme situation is presented in this paper. The paper highlights the importance of developing school curriculum and educating the educators on how to prepare children from early childhood to respond appropriately in extreme situations. To strengthen the resilience in children, focus should be placed on deeper learning about local knowledge, on stimulating local sustainability, systems thinking, integrating teaching about the environment and responsible citizenship into all school subjects.

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