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Colors of Kindness

Holistic Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Program

Colors of Kindness is an EdTech social and emotional learning program delivered via guided audio instruction. The solution seeks to address the disruption of education due to global crises, natural disasters, and post-pandemic recovery. The program aims to enhance the wellbeing of teachers and children, social inclusion, and equitable access to holistic education for all children.

Spotlight 2022






Target group
Students basic
February 2024
Children in crisis experience extreme stress and adversity, leading to anxiety and depression making it difficult for them to learn and connect with their peers. This also impacts the ecosystem around them, including teachers. Colors of Kindness addresses these learning gaps from the very root, providing the psychosocial support and social and emotional skills needed as the precursor to learning.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

COVID-19, growing conflicts, and natural disasters have disrupted the lives of children around the world, interrupting optimal child development. Colors of Kindness empowers children in low-resource settings through holistic SEL embedded into education. Our programming provides access to a healthy, stable environment that improves a child’s ability to stay engaged and process information.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

Aiming to improve children’s 1) social and emotional skills, 2) wellbeing, and 3) academic outputs, teachers are trained on SEL fundamentals and implementation of this EdTech model. The program provides SEL curriculum via audio podcasts that are embedded within an interactive digital workbook with visual aids that feature our culturally sensitive, gender neutral blobs. With 10, 16, or 18 week adaptations, children learn fundamentals of SEL. The intersection of these themes and activities reflects the growing need for childhood pedagogies to include human-centered approaches integrating social, emotional, cognitive, and physical aspects of learning. Each week, activities include an opening exercise, breathwork, a main activity (i.e., Emotions Charades or Dream Mapping), a yoga pose, a check-in using our emotions thermometer, and a closing gratitude practice. Children are also prompted to complete a challenge, which aims to give them a task to focus on throughout the week.

How has it been spreading?

Colors of Kindness was born from UNHCR's HEA COVID 19 Challenge, and piloted in Bangladesh in Bangla & Rohingya with 137 children, including a high percentage of girls and Rohingya refugees. Our initial findings indicated a 16.5% increase in SEL competency, and 99% increase in mood and positive outlook amongst the children. It was localized/translated into Spanish, French, and Arabic, and a workbook adaptation was downloaded in 175 countries. The program was also piloted in Uganda, Greece, and the US -- with the Greek Ministry of Education requesting programing be made available to all schools in the country as of Sept 2022.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

The program is available under a CC-BY-NC-ND-International 4.0 License at for non commercial use only. Given the nature of the trauma sensitive content, the program is designed to safeguard the children, and does NOT allow for derivatives to be made. Localization and training are suggested, so please email for more information.

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

The focus on Social and Emotional skills through a use of a variety of approaches makes this innovation highly scalable as well as impactful for the learners who have access to the programme.

HundrED Academy Reviews

This innovation could be adopted and adapted in contexts I am familiar with to a high standard and sustained for the foreseeable future. Is suitable for all age levels.

The program breaks down CASEL competencies over 10 weeks, and uses a variety of techniques such as group work, stretching and creativity making it an effective SEL program after COVID.

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High Scalability
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