DSEJ initiates Capacity Development of teachers for Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning
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JAMMU: To build a compassionate education system with essence of common humanity, Directorate of School Education, Jammu, in collaboration with the Piramal foundation- initiated project SEE learning to train a cadre of 500 teacher counselors dealing with elementary classes on Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning (SEEL). The project started at SRML Model Higher Secondary School Jammu. Social, Emotional & Ethical Learning envisages the education of heart and the mind with awareness and compassion to develop competencies for awareness of self, others and appreciating Interdependence. The virtual training will involve seven monthly workshops, biweekly Professional Learning Community meeting (experience sharing among peers, sharing of best practices and challenges, SEEL 101 course from Emory University US, Live Action Project (LAP) majorly accounting for the execution of concepts delivered in workshops with certain timelines and targets. The project was virtually launched by Dr. Ravi Shankar Sharma, Director School Education Jammu in the presence of HR Pakhroo Joint Director, Subha Mehta, Joint Director JSK, . Mamta Sharma DD Planning, Suraj Singh Rathore ,CEO Jammu ,. Anjali Gupta Principal SRML Model HSS Jammu, Anshu Dubey (Senior Program Director, Piramal Foundation), Zessan Hassan (Program Director Piramal Foundation), other team members from Piramal Foundation J&K and Directorate of School Education Jammu. 70 trainees from all the 10 districts of Jammu Division will be master trainers for the project and they were present for orientation session by trainers.
Dr. Ravi Shankar Sharma, Director School Education Jammu, while speaking on the occasion said that the purpose of education is more than merely improving the student’s scholastic performance. Holistic approach of education with inclination towards happiness, compassion and resilience and secular ethics is the way ahead to prepare our future generation and SEEL will work as the basis for the same. He added that this capacity development is in line with the aim of Manodarpan initiative of the Ministry of Education to provide mental health and Psychosocial support to students.
Anshu Dubey, Senior Program Director and Resource person for the program added that SEE Learning will provide educators with a comprehensive framework for the cultivation of social, emotional and ethical competencies; age-specific curricula comprised of easy to implement lessons; and a support structure for educator preparation, facilitator certification and on-going professional development. Speaking on the occasion, Zessan Hassan (Program Director Piramal Foundation) said that SEE Learning aims to enhance attention and mindfulness with a system thinking approach along with creating awareness and compassion towards oneself and for others also.
“The ultimate aim of this training is to help students develop Attention, Self -awareness, Interpersonal awareness, compassion, Self-regulation, humanity, relationship skills, community and global engagement.” said Dr. Romesh Kumar Head Counselling Cell at Directorate of School Education Jammu. The training will help develop a cadre of teacher counsellors for offering mental health and psychosocial support along with ethical development among students and teachers. The Programme was moderated by Dr. Alka Sharma and Preeti Sharma Member Counselling Cell DSEJ whereas Bindu Kumari presented a formal vote of thanks.