Survival Scholars is a social enterprise that empowers and equips students through the arts and storytelling with quality education in social and emotional skills. We empower students to build their resilience to positively cope with school and life's changes and challenges so they can maintain positive mental health and wellbeing as they manage their studies and school journey to become success stories.
Survival Scholars is founded and managed by Dawsher Charles. Survival Scholars was conceptualized in 2017 on Dawsher’s second year, first semester of completing her degree. Dawsher was in a depressive state when she began to realize the harsh reality of school where many of her classmates continuously verbalized wanting to get their degree certificate and quickly leave school. Dawsher remembers learning to be fun and enjoyable and not a tedious task where one only thinks of being done. This led her to develop Survival Scholars to help empower students to take the burden off of school by mastering themselves and equipping them with coping skills so that they can endure the school system to the end. The Survival Scholars name came about as she realized that the education system is built to facilitate the survival of the fittest and she understands many students endure a lot of challenges along their journey but she believed that no matter what students go through, they can still end as scholars, performing their best in school. Survival Scholars was officially registered in August 2019. In 2021, Survival Scholars was changed to be a company named Survival Scholars Ltd and the NGO Survival Scholars Society was also registered.
Schools We've Worked with:
Apex Academy International
Barataria North Secondary School
Barataria South Secondary School
Couva Anglican Primary School
Good Shepherd Primary School
Holy Faith Convent
Maloney Government Primary School
Morvant Laventille Secondary School
Mount Hope Secondary School
Mt Lambert RC Primary School
Point Fortin East Secondary School
Point Fortin RC School
St Georges College
San Fernando West Secondary School
San Juan North Secondary School
San Juan South Secondary School
Success Laventille Secondary School
Trinity College East
To be the leading institute that empowers and equips students with the resilience tools and techniques needed to manage their studies and school journey to surmount any challenges that they encounter along their journey, succeed at their heart's desires and shine in all that they do to become success stories
To empower, engage, entertain and educate students to be resilient through the arts and storytelling so they can cope in a healthy, positive and productive manner with their exams and educational journey in order to have a balance between their mental health and wellness with their academic performance
We are transforming and innovating education to make learning entertaining and engaging for students so that they develop the love for learning to journey through life as lifelong learners while they build their mental, social and emotional skills needed for life as they create their unique success stories.
Assist students with effective time management so that they understand the significance of their self-care while engaging in activities in addition to their schoolwork such as personal development programs, entrepreneurship, volunteerism, sports, music and the arts.
3.SOCIALLY AND EMOTIONALLY RESILIENT
Empower students to rise above challenges and to bounce back stronger despite the failures or trials they encounter during school and in life.
Cultivate the quality to operate with love, empathy, respect, consideration, understanding and kindness towards themselves and others.
Develop students holistically not only in education but also in skills that add to their personal development such as character development, soft skills, emotional intelligence, social entrepreneurship, art, music, sports and other ventures.
4. INNOVATIVE AND INITIATIVE
Encourage students to be responsible for their learning where they take the initiative to read ahead, create their own notes and recreate content to suit each area of their multiple intelligence.
6. SELF AWARE
Facilitate students' understanding and awareness of their learning styles, emotional triggers, study habits, strengths and weaknesses so that they can use techniques that best suit their uniqueness.
Survival Scholars goals aligns with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals
Good health and well-being as we have a focus on mental health and wellness as well as self-care in education where we work towards ensuring students have a balance between their mental wellness and academic achievement. We advocate for trauma-sensitive schools so that children with deviant behavior are treated with empathy and compassion so no child is left behind
Decent work and economic growth where we have a focus on the whole child development to become holistic individuals who possess a wealth of skills and knowledge to add value to the workplace. Additionally, we encourage and advocate for the development of more social entrepreneurs to positively impact our world today.
Quality education as we empower students with all the essential skills that develops the whole child. These skills are needed to thrive throughout their educational journey and life so they grow to become productive leaders of tomorrow.
Peace, justice and strong institutions where we focus on peace education and have a social and emotional component in all of our programs. We develop skills such as emotional intelligence, anger management, conflict resolution and equip students with coping skills so that they respond to life’s challenges in a healthy, positive and productive manner.
Dawsher is the founder and Managing director of Survival Scholars. She conceptualized the organization in 2017 and fully registered the organization in 2019. Dawsher is a nature lover and her favorite color is yellow.
Jasmine is the heart and soul of Survival Scholars! She brings delight to the hearts of children across the nation and loves helping students through tough situations!
Chief Officer of FUN!
Chief Technical Officer