SELFMATTERS mainstreams social, emotional, lifelong learning skills and financial capability for young people and adults.
Social responsibility has emerged over the last decade as a critical component of citizenship. It is not just being responsible and respectful of others, community and the environment but understanding of the interdependence of human beings and environment, their role as agents of change and their accountability and impact to others.
Also, social responsibility has widened its focus and scope during this age of digital connection, unprecedented social and political change and at the time of the pandemic. How can the youth participate during this time? How can young people demonstrate good citizenship during this time of lockdown?
Why is social responsibility course relevant to young people?
The Philippines has a demographic dividend as young people below 23 years old comprise the total population. In the context of covid-19, our community is safe if we make young people safe. This means that the young people need to embrace their personal and social responsibility to themselves, family and community.
The ability of young people to identify and define social responsibility is important in defining who they are, where they fit in the social world. (Berman, 1997). Therefore, the more they get to know themselves through interaction with communities through volunteering, participation in school and community activities the better they can understand their purpose, responsibility towards self, others and environment, their accountability and their connection to the wider community.
Flourish is a growth mindset and transformation workshop for young people. It will use research of behavioural scientists particularly Carol Dweck, the guru of the growth mindset and Nussbaum, Blackwell, Mangels and Mueller.
We aim to plant seeds of growth mindset in the hearts and minds of the young people and allow these seeds to flourish so they grow up resilient, persevering, curious, conscientious, optimistic, with a strong sense of self, confident and self-restrained.
Why is personal mastery relevant for young people?
Dreams, goals and aspirations require effort, persistence and hard work. In our journey to achieving goals and completing tasks, we may fail, commit mistakes or other people can disappoint us. This is not going to happen one time but we may encounter them often. In this workshop, we will equip learners of resources and take them to an exciting exercise to learn and develop a growth mindset, adaptability and resilience.
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Research shows that the age of a learner has a direct correlation to behavioural change as young people are in the process of developing emotional, social and financial behaviours.
SELFMatters believe that not all learning is academic. We should take advantage of the highly impressionable period by introducing SELF Programme which stands for Social, Emotional, Lifelong Learning Skills and Financial Capability at a young age. The earlier we introduce these courses, the more likely young people will be able to develop strong character, habits and patterns that will give them a very good head start in life. There’s really nothing guaranteed but if you provide young people with opportunities to open their mind and heart, heighten their awareness and curiosity to learn new and exciting things and apply the lessons in an everyday situation, they will be able to succeed in incorporating powerful habits, resourceful beliefs and values that will serve them in life.
We identified that academic curriculum is just one of the learnings.
With the home as the centre of learning following the closure of schools, we create diversity, richness and context in the content.
Social and Emotional, Lifelong Learning Skills (SELs) cannot be more emphasised during this time of the pandemic. SELs is not just for young people but for all across ages. SELFMatters courses are relevant and timely at this time of greater need for self-care, wellbeing, security, safety and trust. Our courses aim to promote resilience, empathy, self-esteem, perseverance, curiosity, optimism, inner strength and confidence.
The shutdown of schools does not mean that learning is cancelled. Learnings do not just take place at the school but everywhere more so it’s been put back to the fundamental place which is the home, and with parents as the primary educators. So, this is a time of greater learning for both young people and adults. With the Covid-19 crisis as the backdrop for learning at home and with parents as teachers, the experiences of people like fear, sadness, survival, coping, overcoming, finding ways are critical life lessons that we need to understand and learn so we can put them in context to form and strengthen their character. It’s a time of deep work within!