Emotional development and social well-being for children
The overall objective of the education department’s National Curriculum Statement’s (NCS) Life Skills subject is to ‘holistically educate a child for successful and meaningful living in a rapidly changing and transforming society’. Similarly, this is the overall objective of parents. It is a responsibility keenly felt by both educators and parents. COOL TO BE ME looks to facilitate the conversation between curriculum, teachers, parents and children so that we can indeed achieve this objective.
Social-emotional learning refers to a child’s interpersonal (social) development with others while the emotional aspect relates to the child’s intrapersonal development of self. The purpose of social-emotional learning is to equip children with the skills needed to manage the complexities, demands and pressures of everyday life where the outcome is increased resilience, self-esteem, self-worth, mutual respect and the ability to live meaningfully and successfully.