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Ensuring Safer Classrooms: The Importance of Teacher First Aid Training

Updated: Mar 18

Children will spend a long time around teachers growing up. Indeed, from pre-school to high school, students will have spent a good 12-13 years of their lives surrounded by teachers. There is a tendency to view teachers as just having to impart academic knowledge and get their class to pass their exams, but their true roles are so much more than this. Teachers are the closest thing to a set of second parents for their students. They are responsible not just for young people’s education, but their well-being, and personal development as well. Is it not prudent, a necessity even, to equip them to be able to handle medical emergencies too? The importance of teachers knowing first aid cannot be understated.

First and foremost, knowing first aid allows teachers to provide immediate care in the event of an emergency. Accidents and injuries can happen at any time and being able to provide basic medical attention can make a significant difference in the outcome. This can range from treating a minor cut or scrape that could become infected, to administering CPR in the case of cardiac arrest. According to an article by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 5 child deaths is the result of unintentional injury, and a Red Cross survey shows that about 59% of these deaths would have been prevented if first aid had been performed in the first few minutes of the incident.

In addition to being able to provide immediate care, first aid training can also help teachers identify and respond to more serious medical emergencies. For example, knowing how to recognize the signs of a heart attack or stroke can be life-saving. Teachers who are trained in first aid can also assist with managing allergic reactions and asthma attacks, which can be especially important for students who have these conditions. When you look at the fact that ten to twenty million children and adolescents are estimated to have some form of chronic illness or disability, just in the US alone, it becomes apparent just how important this sort of training is.

But the benefits of training teachers in first aid go beyond simply being prepared for emergencies. There are also emotional benefits to be considered, for both teachers and their pupils. Teachers who are trained in first aid may feel more confident in their ability to handle emergencies, which can help to alleviate any fears or stress they may have about their role in ensuring the safety of their students. It is also true that in emergency situations, students look to their teachers for guidance and support. By having the knowledge and confidence to provide care, teachers can help students feel safe and reassured during a difficult time. Overall, we can increase confidence and reduce anxiety in the classroom, creating a more positive and productive learning environment for teachers and students alike. Many teachers themselves are in favor of such training, as demonstrated by research by St John Ambulance (SJA), in which they found that 94 percent of teachers are open to adding first aid lessons to their curriculums.

One of Mohafiz Junior’s objectives is to train teachers in first aid. To this end, we have worked hard to develop workshops especially geared towards teachers, to equip them to handle medical emergencies in the classroom. By signing up for our workshop, you can play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and well-being of students in the classroom. Visit for further details.

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