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Policy Report: Social and Emotional Learning

This policy report is aimed at policymakers eager to widen their understanding, address modern challenges and increase the opportunities for social and emotional learning in their education systems. The report is a joint effort by HundrED and the LEGO Foundation to highlight relevant research, share key challenges, and showcase successful solutions implemented around the world.
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Policy Report: Social & Emotional Learning

Social and emotional skills are crucial for all of us to thrive in today’s unpredictable world. Thus, social and emotional learning (SEL) has become a top priority on the agendas of education stakeholders in many countries. From an equity perspective, ensuring that every child has access to SEL requires a systemic approach and a strong commitment from those responsible for formulating educational policies. This policy report is aimed at policymakers eager to widen their understanding, address the challenges and increase the opportunities for social-emotional learning in their education system. The report is a joint effort by HundrED and the LEGO Foundation to highlight relevant research, share key challenges and showcase successful solutions implemented across the world.

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Policymakers need to be attentive to the work innovators are doing on the ground.

As education policymakers around the world contemplate the changes we should make to education there is much to consider. From digitising education to making up for learning loss, or even restoring prior funding levels for education - challenges abound.

One of the most important, but sometimes less focal, areas of education is social and emotional learning. Social and emotional skills are critical for all of us to thrive in today’s unpredictable world. Thus, social and emotional learning (SEL) has become a top priority on the agendas of education stakeholders in many countries. From an equity perspective, ensuring that every child has access to SEL requires a systemic approach and a strong commitment from those responsible for formulating educational policies.

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Inspiring strategies that address how to implement social and emotional learning innovations at scale.

This policy report is aimed at policymakers eager to widen their understanding, address these challenges and increase the opportunities for social and emotional learning in their education system. The report is a joint effort by HundrED and the LEGO Foundation to highlight relevant research, share key challenges, and showcase successful solutions implemented across the world.

In this report, you will find concrete implementation strategies and 13 examples of impactful and scalable education innovations currently working to foster SEL skills in students. We gratefully acknowledge this report would not exist without the innovators who have long invested in building and improving education. Our hope is that this report will inspire policymakers to support innovations working to support SEL in students around the world. 

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Explore education innovations recognized by HundrED as well as innovations from shared by the education community across the world.
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As we begin to reclaim an education of the “whole child”, we must focus on a central issue in our worldwide educational systems: how do we re-engineer our children’s education so that we create signif
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Colors of Kindness
Colors of Kindness is an education-in-emergencies adaptation for the Rainbow of Education. Using social and emotional learning materials delivered via podcast, this EdTech solution seeks to address th
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Nigerian Social and Emotional Learning Project
Project RAISEAware Students is borne out of the need to give our children space and support to develop socially and emotionally, by teaching them how to connect, express themselves, and build communit
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GiveThx
GiveThx is a digital program that strengthens student wellbeing and social-emotional skills through gratitude. Students and staff use digital thank you notes and research-backed lessons to nurture men
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Tales Toolkit
Award winning Tales Toolkit provides interactive, child led resources for early years using symbols representing story structure. Resources give children independence to create stories around interest
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SEL Kernels of Practice
SEL Kernels are a low-cost and flexible way to integrate SEL into the daily routines and activities of schooling. Grounded in a content analysis of 50+ evidence-based SEL programs, Kernels are an alte
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Navegar Seguro
Navegar Seguro is a program designed to develop SEL skills in children from kindergarten to 11th grade to help them manage the risks in their environment, build positive relationships, and develop the
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Aulas de Paz - Peace Classrooms
Aulas de Paz by Aseinc was born from the need to build a culture of peace and non-violence in vulnerable schools located in rural and urban slums. It aims to spread the initiative and actions to famil
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Grassroot Soccer: SKILLZ Core
SKILLZ Core is a mixed-gender, rights-based, gender transformative intervention for very young adolescents that considers the profound changes brought about by puberty. It offers positive youth role m
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In Their Shoes. A space for Active Empathy
It is a programme of emotional literacy to improve school coexistence based on the theater of awareness method, that stages emotions and makes them visible to everybody. It aims at the entire school c
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Educating for Wellbeing (EW)
In Mexico, 1 in 2 children lives in poverty and 60% are behind in school by grade six. Gaps in educational outcomes across socioeconomic status fuel cycles of inequality and violence. EW aims to break
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The Brick-by-Brick Programme
Child-led and facilitated by a trained adult The Brick-by-Brick™ programme is learning-through-play using LEGO bricks for children who need support with social development, such as in autism. In a saf
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Labhya Foundation
Labhya partners with Indian state governments to co-create & ensure effective implementation of state-wide daily SEL classes integrated in the school day. We have co-created and are ensuring effective
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