The Resilience Project recognizes that resilience is not the destiny of some children but the privilege of others. The impression that those from privileged backgrounds enjoy more significant advantages than their less privileged peers is long-standing and pervasive. This book challenges this view in many ways, showing how our society fails to support resilience in all children, regardless of background. While writing it, Hugh also developed a series of workshops and activities to support child development in Australia and India.
When Hugh van Cuylenburg was a primary school teacher volunteering in northern India, he faced the resilience of children who had everything stacked against them- poverty, abuse, disease, and violence. By contrast, back in Australia, he knew that all too many children struggled with depression, social anxieties, and mental illness. His little sister had been ravaged by anorexia nervosa.
In this book, Hugh introduces The Resilience Project. Drawing on his own experience, research, and examples from other countries, he explores the importance of resilience in bringing about positive change in children’s lives. The Resilience Project provides teachers and parents with practical strategies to build strength in young people to help them thrive in their careers, relationships, and everyday life.’
About The Resilience Project Book
Hugh van Cuylenburg was a primary school teacher volunteering in northern India when he had a life-changing realization- despite the underprivileged community the children were from, they were remarkably positive. By contrast, back in Australia, Hugh knew that all too many children struggled with depression, social anxieties, and mental illness. His little sister had been ravaged by anorexia nervosa.
How did young people he knew at home, who had food, shelter, friends, and a loving family, struggle with their mental health while these kids seemed so contented and resilient? He set about finding the answer and finally recognized the key traits and behaviors these children possessed: gratitude, empathy, and mindfulness.
In the ensuing years, Hugh threw himself into studying and sharing this revelation with the world through The Resilience Project, with his lively and unorthodox presentations, which both entertain and inform. With the same blend of humor, poignancy, and clear-eyed insight that The Resilience Project has become renowned for, Hugh explains how we can all get the tools we need to live a happier and more fulfilling life.