EQ, which is an abbreviation for Emotional Quotient, refers to our ability to understand, manage and deal with our own and others’ feelings. SEL, which stands for Social and Emotional Learning, is used in similar contexts and also includes among others the ability to establish and maintain healthy relationships and make responsible decisions.
About EQ and SEL
There is no doubt that there is a great need for SEL reaching children both at home and at school. According to the OECD, 1 in 3 children are being victims of bullying at least a few times per month. A study from the University of Michigan shows that over the past 30 years we have become 40% less empathetic. This is a horrendous development and one that we at Peppy Pals want to help change. Studies also show that children who engage in SEL from an early age, perform as much as 11 percentage points higher in academics at school. It’s no surprise that both the World Economic Forum and the OECD have designated EQ and SEL as one of the most important skill sets going forward for children.
SEL is a super power
- Increases children’s self-esteem and self-awareness
- Prevents mental illness
- Prevents bullying
- Develop impulse control
- Get better at managing conflicts
- Be able to deal with stress
- Develop and maintain healthy relationships
- Set the foundation for success in life