The future of every society in the world depends on teachers. Teachers impact children in a myriad of ways, from teaching the lifelong skill of how to learn, to the practical skills to navigate daily life and to modeling healthy, respectful interactions. With population growth, the number of teachers needed worldwide is expected to increase by 69 million between 2019 and 2030, for a total of 163 million teachers. It is essential to prevent burnout and attrition among teachers in order to sustain enough teachers and allow them time to develop expert teaching skills. It is not enough to merely prevent burnout, however. To optimally teach children, we need teachers with strong wellbeing. Wellbeing is associated with doing well fro others, striving, coming up with creative solutions to problems, and socially connecting. Our children need this full effort from teachers.
Those working in social change are tackling the world’s most urgent issues like climate change and inequality. But increasingly, these changemakers are facing chronic stress, depression and burnout.
Studies have shown that burnout and depression in the social sector is on the rise. In our work, we found that while 75% of respondents felt that looking after their wellbeing was ‘very important,’ merely 25% reported that they looked after their wellbeing ‘to a great extent’.
To learn more about the challenges surrounding contemporary changemakers including activists, teachers, non-profit leaders, social workers, social entrepreneurs and health care providers, the Project interviewed 50 social change leaders from around the world.