Spotlight 2021

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

The reduction of social interaction, physical activity & play spurred by COVID-19 has drastically increased emotional stress in students worldwide. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) represents a wide array of skills that help children to set goals, handle impulses, manage and express emotions, and build relationships.
In Partnership with The LEGO Foundation

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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Latest articles 15.6.2021

4 ‘musts’ for increasing children’s social and emotional capabilities globally

We invited Stephanie M. Jones, professor and director of EASEL Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Education, & Joan Lombardi, the first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Early Childhood during the Obama Administration, to have a conversation with us. They shared four ‘musts’ that we have to consider if we want to get serious about increasing social-emotional capabilities around the world.

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