The ‘Wake Up Schools’ Approach – Happy Teachers Change the World

Many agree that the entire school system needs changing. Some countries like Finland are already evolving their education for the better.

All of those who are changing it and those who are paving the way for future evolution, agree on many things, especially when it comes to the well-being and happiness of the students.

However, happy students are not enough; we need to include the teachers as well. Every part of the chain that is the school system needs to change if we want the students to be the future leaders and others who will change the world.

The Wake Up Schools Approach

The Wake Up Schools approach is one of the few initiatives that includes teachers in their plan for a new system for schools all around the globe.

A school is only as good as its students, and the students can purely become great if their teachers can impart knowledge on them. To do that, we need happy teachers who can move the students to become future leaders.

Thich Nhat Hanh, the man behind the movement, firmly believes that the teachers are the ones who can heal and nourish, and eventually form healthy and happy human beings through their teachings.

That’s precisely why the Wake Up Schools approach strives to bring the mindfulness technique and applied ethics into the lives of educators so that they can live happy and free. That, in turn, will enable them to share these practices and their happiness, not only with their students but also with other teachers and members of their community.

The Wake Up Schools is there to:

  • Provide mindfulness training to the teachers and enable them to instill that same knowledge to others.

  • Create resources like books and videos that can teach the teachers.

  • Enables the teachers to create their communities to spread the practice of mindfulness and happiness among others.

Happy Teachers Change the World

It is undoubtedly a fact, but intentionally the name of the book by Thich Nhat Hanh. It is for all of those who want to bring mindfulness to schools and the education system in general.

Happy Teachers Change the World is the first official guide to mindfulness in education by Thich Nhat Hanh and his Plum Village initiative. It instills the same values the Wake Up Schools approach does and acts a comprehensive guide for the same idea.

It explains in great detail all the techniques any teacher can use, but also any other person working in schools. The guide is made to include all of them and all grade levels and schools types because mindfulness is something that can help every teacher and student.

The Bottom Line

Movements like the Wake Up Schools approach and the people behind them like Thich Nhat Hanh and his book, all aim to improve the lives of everyone, starting from the very foundations of our cultures – the education system.

The practice of mindfulness and other holistic approaches have great potential to completely alter the school's systems for the better, and create happy human beings that can change the world in the future.