With over 8 years of experience in the field of teaching, counseling, and promoting student and staff wellbeing, Annika Jisu currently serves as a Psychology Teacher, School Counselor, and a member of the Safeguarding and Child Protection Team (CSG) at GEMS Modern Academy.. Having completed her Master in School Counseling (Diploma - U.S.A.) and Master in Clinical Psychology (India), her passion has been in the field of supporting, protecting, empowering, and uplifting the student community. During her time at Modern, she has worked closely with the team to plan, promote and empower our stakeholders with key skills to promote holistic well-being. Currently, she is also a Restorative Practice core team member that introduced the research-backed process to the school community with the aim to promote healthy resolution of conflicts and restore relationships.
The last three years as a CSG member proved to be challenging yet extremely meaningful journey. Along with her colleagues, Annika has been fully committed to protecting and promoting children's rights, especially their right to be protected from any form of harm, abuse, and exploitation. Through dynamic student-led initiatives, using current, up-to-date research and policies such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Wadeema Law, and the Digital Intelligence framework, she aims to develop children's understanding of their rights and responsibilities as global citizens and leaders of the future.
For the last four years, GEMS Modern Academy has adopted a student centric approach to Safeguarding and Child Protection. This approach recognizes that students are the most important stakeholder in the education system and involves students in key processes, giving them a voice and empowering them to take an active role in their own safety. This includes education on safe practices, creating a culture of trust, and providing support and resources to help students deal with any incidents that may arise. The measurable outcomes, innovations around safeguarding and cultural shifts have been encouraging and highly motivating. The presentation will feature students and the members of the staff safeguarding team highlighting key milestones and takeaways from their journey.