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New Blog Post: Social-Emotional Learning Provides Opportunity to Thrive

Photography Credit: Chima Onwe 

In a new blog post, Paul Frisoli (FHI 360), and Nina Weisenhorn (USAID), demonstrate that social-emotional learning (SEL) offers children a chance to thrive, even in crisis and conflict contexts. “SEL helps children,” they write, “develop the skills needed to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

According to the USAID Nigeria Education Crisis Response program, “more than 50 percent of children may experience the inability to concentrate, impulsivity or withdrawing, aggression, and other symptoms because of toxic stress.” Both American and European research have shown that “the harmful effects of toxic stress can be stopped or even reversed when children have access to safe and predictable learning environments, positive and nurturing relationships with key adults such as caregivers and teachers, and participate in social-emotional learning (SEL) activities.”

Read the entire blog post and find out more about the research.

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