ENHANCING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING AND WELLBEING AT SCHOOL AND AT HOME
UNICEF defines SEL as:
A process of acquiring social and emotional values, attitudes, competencies, knowledge and skills that are essential for learning, effectiveness, wellbeing and success in life. These qualities include self-awareness, emotional literacy, resilience, persistence, motivation, empathy, social and relationship skills, effective communication, self-esteem, self-confidence, respect and self-regulation. Research has shown that promoting students’ emotional health and wellbeing has a positive impact on overall academic achievement and attainment
The ICAM programme supports schools in developing the social emotional and civic competencies and understanding of democratic values and fundamental rights of all children and other members of the school community by including an enhanced and comprehensive Social and Emotional Learning programme alongside the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools programme, in the formal and informal school curriculum. A programme of social and emotional learning (SEL) is seen by UNESCO, UNICEF and an increasing number of national and international childcare agencies as an essential component of the entitlement curriculum. CAM need additional SEL support to help them restore the damage to their social and emotional wellbeing caused by displacement and the trauma of migration.
Included in the ICAM training programme is guidance and instruction to enable school staff to work with and to train parents/carers. Parents/carers will learn how to support and protect CAM and how to reinforce and extend their SEL and wellbeing in partnership with the school.