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MemberSeptember 28, 2021 at 8:20 am
Dr Leila Khouja Walker, Educator, Researcher and Co-Founder of Persona Education discusses the importance of social-emotional learning for secondary students in light of the pandemic
The last 18 months have seen a renewed interest in social-emotional learning (SEL) due to the overwhelming impact of the pandemic on student wellbeing. The pandemic has acted as a catalyst for greater innovation in SEL delivery, with the education sector recognising the pressing need to equip young people with the ‘soft’ skills required to meet life challenges.
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is not new to education. The concept of a holistic curriculum is over 2,000 years old but today it is more relevant than ever. The life challenges that young people face through their early, middle and later stages of education are now different, and the threats to their wellbeing much more varied.
Purposeful SEL must meet children’s modern needs, be sensitive to their unique life stages and adopt pedagogical pathways that can be applied universally, boosting wellbeing and leaving no child or young adult behind.
The long-term benefits of supporting good wellbeing among teenagers cannot be overlooked; they include higher educational attainment, more success in competitive situations such as job interviews or university applications, better life choices, higher productivity in work, and greater life satisfaction. SEL techniques can help us to ensure teenagers’ wellbeing needs are met so that these benefits are realised.