Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Tromsø, Jon-Håkon Schultz, led the development of NRC’s Better Learning Program, which helps children deal with stress and trauma. Having worked in refugee camps in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq, he underscores the key message gathered from communities there: having a home and community are vital to recovering from the enduring effects of conflict.
In having a home away from home, people gain back their routines, security, and build friendships. It returns structure to their lives. And importantly, it creates hope for the future.