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UNESCO project on NZ Aotearoa Youth Resilience

Our UNESCO project proposal is surfacing interesting international literature on the topic of resilience. Most commonly, the term resilience has come to mean an individual's ability to overcome adversity and continue his or her normal development. However, the RRC uses a more ecological and culturally sensitive definition. Dr. Michael Ungar, Co-Director of the RRC, has suggested that resilience is better understood as follows:

"In the context of exposure to significant adversity, resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways." Watch a short video that describes some of the preliminary findings of the Pathways to Resilience Project. See also the UNESCO resilience project links here