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1 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC 9/10/12 Mental health, social and emotional competences and learning outcomes – fields of common interest and responsibility? The education perspective. Jean Gordon EIESP Secretariat, Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations

2 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC 9/10/12 In this session I want to: Revisit some of the big issues facing health, the social sector and education Suggest principles for policy and action to address them Look at research that supports these principles Presentation will draw on: Work for DG EAC on key competences information/doc/keyreport_en.pdf / information/doc/keyreport_en.pdf /http://keyconet.eun.org/ and on early childhood education and care (ECEC) Learning for well-being: Learning for Well-being; a policy priority for children and youth in Europe conference-february.html conference-february.html Various European research projects and other sources …..

3 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC 9/10/12 General agreement on goal such as: more and more children and youth learn how to live a meaningful joyful and healthy life in harmony with themselves, family, friends, the community and the world at large. Learning for Well-being is a global initiative of partners that work together on the process of how each child & young person learns to realise their unique potential.

4 In European policies & strategies: Lisbon Treaty - article 2.1 The Union's aim is to promote peace, its values and the well- being of its peoples, DG EAC: Improving Competences for the 21st Century (2008) Every young person should have the possibility of developing his/her full potential. Every learners needs differ. Every classroom is a place of diversity. No one size fits all. Holistic approach to learning – mind and body. Schools should promote the health and well-being of pupils and staff and active citizenship 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

5 9/10/12 In Member States curricula: e.g. Scotland

6 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC 9/10/12 Or Finland: Students will be educated in tolerance and international co-operation. Upper secondary school instruction is based on respect for life and human rights. General upper secondary education must promote open democracy, equality and well-being. Students are seen to be the constructors of their own learning, competence and views of the world. Instruction must take into account the fact that human beings observe and analyse reality using all their senses.

7 Some big issues…… 1/5 children & adolescents suffer from developmental, emotional or behavioural problems Suicide is 1 of 3 most common causes of youth deaths Child poverty: 19% children in EU living in poverty or at risk of poverty Growing burden on child protection system - interventions being cut Youth unemployment Remedies address the symptoms and not the root causes 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

8 More big issues…… Education measures academic achievement, not holistic development. Key Competences: implementation & assessment Child-centred learning: class sizes, classrooms, assessment, bio- rhythms Overcrowded curricula Teachers: image, training & early career support Early school leaving – 13.5% 2012 Links between disadvantage & low access to ECEC Growing awareness of need to address issues through multi-sector, multi-agency approaches. 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

9 Learning for Well-being; a policy priority for children and youth in Europe Principles for policy and action: 1. Learning for Well-being: A Process Approach Take the childs perspective Encourage expression of each childs unique potential Focus on strengths and inner differences Emphasise the nature and quality of relationships Be holistic 2. Measuring what matters 3. Children and youth are part of the policy process 4. Need all of society to contribute 5. Sectors working together in integrated, proactive, multidimensional approaches 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

10 1. Learning for Well-being: take the childs perspective; encourage expression of each childs unique potential; focus on strengths & inner differences; nature & quality of relationships; be holistic What do we know? -Rights-based approach: Education shall be directed to: the development of the child's personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential; (UNCRC Art 29) -Neuroscience & learning: mind & body, role of emotions learning -Role of Early Childhood Education & Care, e.g. ISSA quality principles -Child-centred approaches -Building key capacities and competences 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

11 Key Competences for Lifelong Learning All that individuals need for personal fulfillment and development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employment. EU framework: Communication in the mother tongue Communication in a foreign language Mathematical competence and basic competence in science and technology Digital competence Learning to learn Social and civic competence Sense of initiative and entrepreneurship Cultural awareness and expression. 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

12 Learning to learn engages learners to build on prior learning & life experiences organise one's own learning identifying available opportunities ability to overcome obstacles in order to learn successfully motivation & confidence are crucial to an individual's competence. awareness of one's learning process & needs 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

13 Social and civic competence personal, interpersonal & intercultural competence all forms of behaviour that equip individuals to participate in social & working life emphasises increasingly diverse societies includes capacity to resolve conflict where necessary & participate in civic life commitment to active & democratic participation. 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

14 a child needs to understand her own feelings in order to recognize those in others (Clouder, Botin Foundation, 2008 & platform_education.htm ) platform_education.htm School must first help them [children & young people] discover who they are. Only then will they genuinely be able to put themselves in other peoples shoes and understand their reactions. Developing empathy at school bears fruit in terms of social behaviour throughout life. Learning the Treasure Within, UNESCO, 1996 Issue: balance between school achievement and a whole child approach 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

15 Key competences and learning outcomes What do we know? EU countries cover a broad variety of skills, competences, values, themes, etc. Following aspects less present: - Need for students to understand about how one learns best, individual learning patterns & preferences. - Little reference to the need to develop a sense of self and of understanding of self. Main references: interpersonal skills/competences. - Teachers own competence development. - Health Literacy 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

16 2. Measuring what matters What do we know? Formal education measures academic attainment Assessment systems often in contradiction with child-centred learning & teaching More equitable societies = better outcomes What do we need? How can we assess the overall holistic development of children? The childs perspective on education / health /social services, etc. 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

17 3. Children and youth are part of the policy process What do we know? UNCRC Article 12 children have their voice heard and are listened to seriously and are able to influence decisions affecting them. Children defining well-being: agency, security, positive sense of self (Fattore, Mason & Watson ) Children in vulnerable situations are too rarely asked to give their opinion (Speak Up!, Eurochild ). Competences & capabilities for social trust: school is the only institution that can provide the appropriate experience of a democratic life to all members of society (W. Edelstein, Education for Democracy: reasons and strategies, European Journal of Education, vol. 46, no. 1 Nurturing schools as learning communities: engagement, participation (Includ-ed ) 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

18 4. & 5. Need all of society to contribute / integrated, proactive, multidimensional approaches What do we know? Children dont grow up in silos (Eurochild Multi-agency approaches addressing disadvantage and early school leaving Obstacles to sectors working together Partnerships created between schools, authorities & families to better support children's learning (Include-ed). 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

19 Fit policy to the child, not the child to policy Consider children as competent partners, nurturing personal responsibility more than compliance Understand learning not only as cognitive, but as an integral process with many dimensions Move from disease and treatment centred healthcare to promoting health and well-being Move from standardized education to child-centred education Move from sectoral to systemic solutions in policy and society 20for%20Children%20%26%20Youth%20in%20Europe.pdf 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

20 Through all of our aspects

21 Focus on the whole child : focus on learning work-in-progress 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC

22 How can we move forward? Charter for Children 2030 What changes & improvements by 2030 for children born in 2012? Aspirational document & website - long-term perspective Set of benchmarks to measure & assess progress over time across all key policy areas. Supported by a collective & inclusive approach - consultation Draws on best of existing expertise from different sectors (health, education, social welfare, media & culture) Supported by identifying, recognising and celebrating examples of positive policies, innovations & practices across Europe which apply the principles of the charter. Involvement of children & young people throughout the process Please join us!

23 Thank you European Institute of Education and Social Policy Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations for-well-being-consortium.html 9/10/12 Joint workshop DGs Sanco & EAC


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