What is a ConnectZone?
ConnectZones have an important purpose of creating and maintaining safe, warm, welcoming, supportive, inclusive places. They are environments of human connection, open communication, collaboration, trust, compassion and tolerance. They are nurturing communities of care, where people are attended to, valued and accepted. They foster a sense of rootedness, harmony, belonging and connection. They allow for meaningful relationships, physical and emotional safety, security, exploration, self-expression, growth and maturation.
What is connectedness?
Human connection is why we are here. It is key to the human condition; it gives purpose and meaning to our lives. Connection is defined as the energy that is created between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they feel belonging. Belonging is the innate human desire to be part of something bigger than us.
Why do we need more connectedness?
If children are to achieve their best in school, at home, in life, they will need to feel more connected to their parents, teachers and other adult champions in the school community. We can no longer turn a blind eye to the fact that in society much is breaking down around us. Many children and adults feel disconnected and a lack of worth in their lives. We simply cannot go on as we are. We need a new path. This website brings to light how to be intentional in our efforts and curious in our convictions to turn things around by building ConnectZones in schools and beyond.
What do ConnectZones do?
ConnectZones build confidence and shield hearts. They acknowledge empathy as the base of pro-social behaviour and a shared understanding and responsibility to develop more empathy in ourselves and others.
In summary, ConnectZones:
- See and feel the humanity of others
- Practice empathy and compassion
- Are communities of care
- Recharge our batteries
- Value respect, inclusion, diversity
- Nurture a health-promoting environment
- Practice self-care