Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
In today’s challenging and changing learning environments, Social and Emotional Learning must be one of the main goals of our formal education systems
During the COVID-19 pandemic, school closures have forced students to face remote learning and isolation from their normal social settings. The reduction of social interactions, physical activities, and play combined with increased emotional stress have affected students worldwide. Loneliness and depression are on the rise among all ages, but especially young people.
Moreover, social and emotional skills are especially important today given the level of civil unrest and polarisation experienced in 2020, indicating a lack of social cohesion, perspective taking, conflict resolution, and compassion between different groups of people. There has never been a more critical time to evaluate how we can support social and emotional development among students as they continue their learning journey and become the builders of tomorrow.
We are looking to identify impactful & scalable educational innovations supporting the development of SEL skills.
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which all people acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These skills and competencies develop over the course of our lives and are essential to success in school, work, home, and community.
Effective SEL programs should ensure emotionally safe learning environments, foster caring and nurturing relationships, be responsive to learners’ needs, and integrate socio-cultural contexts. The innovations should be intentional, active, and focused on fostering specific SEL skills in children 5-12. Through this Spotlight, we aim to identify innovations working in a variety of contexts in order to help spread their work to education systems around the world and provide quality education for all.
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