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Zein Academy - Lecture Programme

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Zein Academy - Lecture Programme

In addition to Day Care and Out of School Care, we also also provide a number of educational services and products in order to share knowledge about the specific needs of Third Culture Kids (TCKs). Robbie Zein has developed a number of lectures, a book and products as part of The Zein Academy to aid this process. Robbie Zein’s lectures offer guidelines to help make the growing expatriate communities feel at home as well as to ease children’s anxiety through education. They offer parents and those who work with children a deeper understanding of how international families can maximize the potential of a cross-cultural life and successfully deal with its many challenges. 

 The aim is to improve the care and education for TCKs worldwide.

Lectures
An overview of the lectures available are listed in the panels below.  These lecture topics are adjusted to the needs of specific audiences that are involved with TCK’s. Note: Audience groups A-E cannot be combined. The minimum number of participants in Audiences A-D is thirty; Audience E does not have a minimum.

  • Audience A: Teachers at Senior School level 
  • Audience B: Teachers at Junior School level 
  • Audience C: Child Care staff at Day Care and Kindergarten level
  • Audience D: Expatriate Parents
  • Audience E: Service Providers to Expats families

A typical Lecture Outline involves:

1. Set Up time (30 minutes)
2. Lecture (2 hours)
3. Questions from the audience (30 minutes)
4. Individual advice (30 minutes)
5. Break - if continuing with repeat or second lecture (1 hour)

If you are interested in arranging a lecture for your school or organisation please contact info@zeinchildcare.nl in the first instance or call us on 070 326 8263.

Topic 1:  What is a Third Culture Kid (TCK)?

During this lecture Robbie will discuss what it is like to grow up across different cultures. How this lifestyle impacts children and their parents. What unique personality traits TCK’s share and what challenges they face in their future. Guidelines are offered to help the expatriate community feel at home and to help those who work with them better understand their needs and their background as well as to work through and successfully deal with many of the issues and problems that families may face in a fast-changing, foreign environment.

Topic 2:  How to maximise the learning experience of a TCK?

During this lecture educators will be given an inside look into the challenges and benefits that children face as they grow up across different cultures. The sooner these anxieties are acknowledged and addressed the sooner children will start to feel a valued part of their new classroom, school and environment. 

Topic 3.1:  Dealing with Anxieties - Learning

What happens when educators don’t recognise hidden diversities in their International students? This lecture offers educators a deeper understanding of TCK’s hidden diversities. What are they and how can we deal with them? Examples, activities and ideas to integrate into the classroom’s curriculum are offered.

Topic 3.2:  Dealing with Anxieties - Moving

This lecture offers parents a step-by-step guide for dealing with their emotions and with their children’s emotions while moving. Examples and ideas are offered for each stage of the move. The aim of this lecture is to enable the entire family to experience the moving process with a minimum of disruptions and setbacks. Guidelines are offered for settling into the new country and feeling at home. 

Topic 4.A:  Choices - Zein Child Care’s Guidance System (0-6 year olds)

Is it possible to care for children without using punishment, scolding, time out, rules, or lecturing? What do you do when children fight, jump on tables, or throw toys at each other?
The guidance system presented in this lecture is a balanced, child-centered philosophy that addresses the developmental needs and abilities of children and enables both parents and teachers to implement their high standards. During this lecture Robbie will offer guide lines on developing confidence and trust with children, stopping socially unaccepted behavior, solving conflicts with collaboration, and improving communication.

Topic 4.B:  Choices - Zein’s Guidance System (7-12 year olds)

Is it possible to care for children without using punishment, scolding, time out, rules, or lecturing? What do you do when children fight, goof around, or throw toys at each other? The guidance system presented in this lecture is a balanced, child-centered philosophy that addresses the developmental needs and abilities of children and enables both parents and teachers to implement their high standards. During this lecture Robbie will offer guide lines on developing confidence and trust with children, stopping socially unaccepted behavior, solving conflicts with collaboration, and improving communication.

Topic 4.C: Choices - Zein’s Guidance System (Teenagers)

If the question “What do I have to say to get through to you?” sounds familiar, then this workshop is for you. It takes a village to raise a child, let alone a teenager. For expats living abroad, there is no village. So the challenge is greater than when raising your teenagers in your home country. This lecture will discuss the challenges of bringing up teenagers in general, as well as the difficulties, the benefits and the challenges of raising adolescents abroad. Robbie will offer guide lines on improving communication with your teenager, developing trust, respecting boundaries, increasing self-esteem, dealing with an alien culture and how to get your teenager to see you as a role model