Erasmus+ KA2 Strategical partnership for School Education
Socio-Emotional Capacity Building in Primary Education
So far, in both in Lithuania and Italy the need of deepening the concept of emotional Intelligence is highlighted by the recent proposal in parliament to adopt SEE (Social and emotional education) as a subject in schools. This shows how important the concept is becoming and how vital the need to start to train children since primary school. In fact according to the psychologist Daniel Goleman Emotional intelligence can matter more than the IQ. As it is essentially a different way to be smart because it is “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically” according to the dictionary definition. In this way children will be more prepared when they will start to enter the job world as today we work largely in teams, not isolation and companies are realizing that recognizing emotions can lead to healthier environments. This mean that people are more likely to be aware of their own and others’ emotions and act accordingly. People with higher emotional intelligence are also more adaptable to change—a must in our fast-changing digital age.