Learning and Resilience: The Crucial Role of Social and Emotional Well-Being in Contexts of Adversity

Jan 2, 2014 | World Bank

A new report produced by the World Bank in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee was released entitled Learning and Resilience: The Crucial Role of Social and Emotional Well-Being in Contexts of Adversity. 

Children with social and emotional skills do better in school, have improved relationships with peers and adults, are better adjusted emotionally and have improved mental health. In contexts of violence and conflict where children and youth are disproportionately and uniquely affected, their resilience and social emotional well-being are essential to any post-conflict long-term reconstruction, development process or long-standing peace.

Social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies often serve as the core competencies outlined in most programs intended to build social cohesion before, during, and after crisis and conflict. Many of the most effective evidence-based programs such as conflict resolution, life skills, character education, violence prevention, civic education, or peace education are designed to empower children and youth to have improved academic, social and emotional learning outcomes. In contexts of adversity, education systems are well advised to integrate SEL components and processes into their academic programs. The resulting social and emotional competencies, contribute to the overall well-being of children and youth, improved academic performance, healing and coping with chronic exposure to violence.