What is EduSEL
EduSEL is a program focused on Education inculcating Socio-emotional Learning (SEL), which aims to develop students' self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills. The program recognizes that while academic performance is essential, education should also awaken critical thinking skills, foster self-reflection, and promote healthy relationships to create an integrated life. EduSEL is designed to create a safe space in the classroom where children can express themselves without fear, which helps meet their socio-emotional needs and promotes retention in school.
The program was piloted with 45 master trainers and provided a foundation for positive, long-term effects on children, adults, and communities. Research has shown that developing social-emotional skills can improve academic and professional outcomes, well-being, and stronger relationships. By incorporating SEL into education, students can better cope with everyday challenges, develop practical problem-solving skills, and cultivate self-discipline and impulse control.
Overall, EduSEL is a promising initiative that aims to support the holistic development of students, preparing them for success in school, work, and life.
Need of the program
Govt. school Children who generally belong to economically backward classes could not afford online learning devices during COVID-19. Moreover, online education posed a risk of exposure to increased screen time for the learners even if it was available. Therefore, it has become essential for students to engage in offline activities and self-exploratory learning. The students' learning level of academic performance has dropped for the classes held for the year-end and internal examinations due to reduced contact hours for learners. The anxiety level of students increased due to varied reasons. The bonding of students with the teachers drastically declined. There is a growing use of socio-emotional learning (SEL) in India today. The New Education Policy draft released in 2019 mentions it explicitly when it recognizes the need to conceive education more encompassing, ensuring that students become academically, socially, and emotionally competent. SEL training would help teachers balance the stressors of their jobs. Educators and students have gone above and beyond during the pandemic. They had left many burnt out with little time to process the past year's events. This is our education system's responsibility to recover from the pandemic's impacts fully, and schools and districts must invest in their educators and students, especially in their social and emotional health
Objectives of the program
To help the teachers to develop the Emotional Quotient (E.Q.) in their students.
To sensitize the teacher to create a safe space so students can connect with the teacher and share their emotions and feelings without hesitation.
To Increase Enrollment and retention in the Government schools
To inculcate socio-emotional skills like self-awareness, problem-solving, critical thinking, and relationship building.
To build a solid and positive relationship between Teachers and Students
Culture setting in the classroom and building joyful teaching.