To enhance teachers’ understanding of the importance of self esteem in the development of a child’s self image, TRC’s Sadiya Azeem conducted a four-hour workshop at Links preschool, on July 31, 2009.

The importance of self-esteem, how it develops and its impact on behaviour and on school performance, were discussed through interactive lectures and group presentations. The discussions were enriched by the participants’ open sharing of personal childhood experiences. This helped teachers realise, that their choice of words and accompanying facial expressions when talking with young children, is critical for the development of a child’s self esteem.

Like their colleagues in the primary schools, the preschool teachers showed a keen interest in attending longer workshops at TRC. We hope to see many more teachers attending workshops/courses to help improve children’s learning experiences in the school environment.