Education is a word that includes all the vowels of the English alphabets. It also encompasses the best of knowledge delivered to willing learners. When the skilful teachers transact the knowledge to the ready students, the goal of education is achieved in real terms. In the 21st century, we need to understand one essential thing that the world is in flux. We are constantly changing and evolving, so whether the teaching community likes it or not, we, being teachers, adopt and adapt to these unprecedented changes.

Children are the most gifted beings in this world. They have innate curiosity and creativity that needed to be harnessed. If they are so interested in the thirst for knowledge that if we quench this thirst, they can be extraordinary individual, responsible citizens, and assets to the nation instead of liabilities to the country.

To ensure that today’s children become tomorrow’s assets, teaching specific emotional skills are especially important. That is where SEL (Social Emotional Learning) plays a pivotal role. What is social-emotional learning? It is the process of developing self-control, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills that are very crucial for school, work, and life success.

Children with strong social-emotional skills can better handle the day to day situations and benefit academically, professionally, and socially. From practical problem-solving to self-discipline, from impulse control to emotion management and more, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) provides a strong foundation for positive, long-term effects on kids, adults, and communities. Children thrive. Schools win. Workplaces benefit. Society strengthens—all due to social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning (SEL) supports to improve kids’ academic performance, reduce dropout rates, curtail bullying, and build character for holistic development of child. Well-implemented SEL programmes positively affect students’ success in school. Studies show that social-emotional skills—such as interpersonal skills, intrapersonal skills, decision making, problem-solving, self-regulation, impulse control, and empathy—help improve academics, reduce negative social behaviours like bullying, and create positive classroom climates. Social-emotional skills also help kids successfully manage day to day life.

They help students focus, make good decisions, and become supportive members of their community well beyond school.

With this, I encourage every school in the country to focus on this aspect of learning which is social and emotional. If the young saplings are nourished with SEL, they will undoubtedly be the most fruitful trees in the future.

Shri Harshad P. Shah,
Vice Chancellor,
Children’s University, Gandhinagar,