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Erasmus+ KA2 Strategical partnership for School Education 

Socio-Emotional Capacity Building in Primary Education

Research shows that emotional intelligence and socio-emotional competencies are critical to a child’s success. Emotionally intelligent people tend to have better relationships with others, to be more empathetic and aware of their own and others’ emotions, as they also learn how to manage them.

Socio-emotional competencies can be taught at all ages, but since they play a central role in children’s development, it would be better to encourage their attainment in the first seven years of a child’s life. Nonetheless, we should not neglect adults, especially those around children. In fact, teachers and parents are key facilitators of children’s emotional development and without a proper training in emotional intelligence and socio-emotional competencies, it would be very difficult for them to transfer those abilities to their children and pupils.

The analysis carried out in all project partners’ countries (Italy, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Greece and Portugal) shows their strong commitment to spreading emotional intelligence and socio-emotional competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making), as all of them, to a certain extent, aim to include Social and Emotional Education (SEE) in their national education plans. By recognizing the importance of developing children’s socio-emotional competencies, more and more countries around Europe are realizing that, in order to build strong and resilient societies, cognitive skills are not enough and that a better understanding of emotions can make a difference in everyone’s life.