Erasmus+ KA2 Strategical partnership for School Education
Socio-Emotional Capacity Building in Primary Education
In these days more than ever, teachers and educators are realizing the prominent role that Social and Emotional Education (SEE) plays in pupils’ and students’ development. It has been recognized that SEE promotes the establishment of emotionally strong, responsible and free adults that actively and positively contribute to their communities.
Living in a time of incredible technological advances, in which more and more activities are being automated, it is important to focus on the development of those skills that make each one of us unique and that can help us go through these changes with a positive mindset and a strong attitude. Moreover, as information and communication technologies are rapidly evolving, so are our habits. We cannot dismiss the fact that, nowadays, more and more children are communicating on social networks and we cannot ignore how it affects them. However, these same technologies can also be used to encourage the development of emotional intelligence and socio-emotional competencies, contributing to reduce that feeling of alienation spreading in today’s society.
Emotional intelligence is a set of innate abilities, which include the ability to recognize, understand and manage emotions, to deal with emotional challenges and achieve our goals. On the other hand, Socio-Emotional (SE) competencies, which comprise SE knowledge, SE skills and SE values, help us to work with others, learn productively, and actively participate in our families, workcontexts and communities. Socio Emotional Education aims to teach and spread these essential abilities in order to build emotionally stronger, sympathetic and stable societies.