BEING the core providers of education means teachers are usually faced with playing more than one role every day — be it of a parent, mentor or guardian.
And to assist them carry out these roles, Empower Pacific continues to provide workshops to Lautoka Special School teachers to assist in their role and promote continued professional development.
Empower Pacific counsellor Lavinia Dakei said she had the opportunity to facilitate sessions with staff members on respectful relationships and stress management.
"They were able to develop their individual concepts on how to share the learning with their peers and students and also on a wider scale to take back to their own families, communities and villages," she said.
"A special schoolteacher's job can be very rewarding but also very stressful.
"In recognition of this, I also facilitated a session on stress management which looked at individual stress management styles but also practical strategies for managing it, such as exercise, eating healthy, taking a short break or seeking the advice of supportive others.
"It is the idea that being positive and successful in the classroom helps carry children with disabilities into being successful adults with a positive outlook and confidence to overcome their obstacle."
Empower Pacific child protection specialist Sarah Young said they were delighted at the invitation to be a part of professional development training to teachers who dedicated their professional careers to needy children in the community.