Mindful Education was founded in South Africa, where educators face many challenges, including classroom size, an increasing administrative workload, language barriers and increasing incidents of violence in schools. Often, the students they teach face social challenges such as lack of adequate income, housing, and healthcare.
Many students come from communities where unemployment is endemic, gang and domestic violence is commonplace, and drug and alcohol misuse is widespread. South Africa can be described as a society characterized by high rates of violence and trauma. This results in above average high stress levels in South African educators and students. Trauma and fear are often realities in the South African learning environment which can impede the learning process.
As a result of these challenges, that both educators and students face, educators are struggling to deliver the level of education that will lay a strong foundation for economic growth and social change in South Africa.
Mindfulness training for educators have the potential to improve the quality of education through the support of both teachers and students.
The quality of education is vital to enable students to become economically productive and sustain their own livelihood, it supports individual well-being and contributes to peaceful and democratic societies.
Education can provide the foundation for economic growth, social change and transformation which can lead to a more prosperous, equitable and peaceful world.
To promote mindfulness training for educators, Mindful Education was founded in 2019 by Liza Hamman, MEd, PhD. It was the findings of her research about mindfulness in a South African context, her experiences as an educator, and the experiences of her colleagues that inspired her to develop courses that later lead to the establishment of Mindful Education.
As a qualified and experienced mindfulness trainer, educator, and academic researcher, she was in a unique position to develop courses formulated specifically for the needs of educators.
The challenges that educators’ experience, such as stress, anxiety, burnout, and emotional trauma, motivates her to find ways to bring mindfulness to South African educators.
Since it was founded in 2019, Dr. Hamman has put together a team to oversee the finances, support fund raising, facilitate courses and support the learners that choose to embrace a new way of being through mindfulness.