Emergency pedagogues offer psychosocial support after fire in a high-rise building in London
In addition to the exceptional political situation in Great Britain, the country has been shaken by multiple attacks in the last few months. It all began in March with the so-called Westminster-Attack. 5 people were killed, 49 injured, when a man drove into a crowd with his car. Then in May, a suicide bomber in Manchester took 23 tourists with him into death and injured almost 200. Shortly thereafter there was another blood bath. 3 men went after people with knives in London’s inner city, 7 died, over 50 were injured.
The famous British staunchness wavers, these attacks are doing something to the inhabitants of the country. They are furious, are afraid, many have lost relatives or friends. And they often don’t know how they should deal with their feelings of powerlessness. In order to support them, a team from emergency pedagogy was in London last week. They offered a seminar for teachers, parents, and interested parties here at the St. Pauls Steiner School. It focused on how we can deal with these attacks on our lives and freedom as well as with the fear of further events like these.
Then in the middle of everything a further shock: Like a torch the high-rise building in Kensington burned, now only a black, charred memorial stands there. And again there are people there, who are stunned and traumatised.
The emergency pedagogues from Karlsruhe were at the right place at the right time. They sprung directly into action, tried to help the people as much as they could in such a short amount of time. The need for methods to deal with the experiences, is great. For this reason, a six-person emergency pedagogy team is travelling once again to London on June 20th, so that they can support the affected persons and aid workers on location. In close proximity to the location of the fire, they will offer aid in cooperation with teachers of the St. Pauls Steiner School, volunteers from other schools, as well as the Red Cross.
Uncertainty and Fear after the Attack
Although the motive of the assassin in London remains unclear, the shock sits deeply in the people there. The already present fear of terror was strengthened for many people, even though it is now believed that it was not a terror attack. On Thursday, March 30th, a four-person team travelled to London for a short mission. It will take place in the Steiner-House and is primarily directed at parents and teachers.
The seminar will focus and work on aspects of trauma psychology, what happens to a person emotionally when they experience something traumatic. In addition to lectures about emergency and trauma pedagogy, there will also be workshops where what has been heard can be put into action. There will be artistic and design aspects as well as experiential pedagogy with trust and sensory exercises.