Rest As Right
As we move towards the end of a school year that has witnessed so much strength, agility and responsiveness from school staff, we are feeling humbled that our work keeps us in close contact with people we admire deeply – those who are teaching, feeding and caring for the wellbeing of our children in these unprecedented times, and those who are keeping schools clean, operational and open.
And now, as the summer holidays are nearing, we are inviting everybody to embrace rest fully. When we hear so much about rest being important for productivity, we want to counter that narrative and say that rest ought to be a right in and of itself. Rest does not need to be justified as the other side of the mirror of efficiency. We simply need to rest, be with family and friends, stare with wonder at a blade of grass, nourish our souls with the sunshine of being, and pay attention to our whole selves. For more on why rest should be our right, we recommend following The Nap Ministry, an organisation that prioritises wellbeing, self- love and community-care as integral to social justice.
As we prepare to wrap up the school year, we sit in gratitude for all that we learn from staff in schools — whether in the training sessions we deliver, the projects we run, or the resources we write. We end this year with a message of prioritising rest, self-love and community-care – and we commit to keeping this message alive through our work in the next years.
Global Learning London Team