By Kyla Sherap | Social Media Intern | DIIR
The three day SEE (Social, Emotional and Ethical) Learning curriculum’s global launch event in Delhi proved to be very successful and garnered a large global audience. Emory University, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and The Vana Foundation came together to explain SEE Learning’s comprehensive framework intended for educators to use through primary, secondary and higher education. The curriculum, as explained at the event, is aimed to fulfill a high demand, seeing as it is accessible in 12 languages with its material provided at no cost. The curriculum ultimately aims to cultivate a happier and more ethical world.
At the event, His Holiness expressed that, “the existing education system does not educate. It does not guarantee a happy world. Human compassion is the key to happiness.” He continued to emphasize that, “from kindergarten onwards, we need the education to strengthen inner values not just pursue material goals. We need to introduce emotional hygiene, much as we teach physical hygiene. This way we can address the problems we face, in the hope of making this a century of non-violence.”
In addition to over 1,000 attendees, the SEE curriculum garnered significant support on various social media platforms. The conference was live streamed and uploaded to YouTube, where people tuned into the event from The United States to Finland to Vietnam. Much of the online feedback from the event reemphasized the importance of compassion as an essential tool in educating “the heart and mind” of individuals around the globe, and many expressed interest in utilizing this curriculum in their own classrooms. A number of distinguished guests took to social media to share the event, including CTA President, Dr. Lobsang Sangay, and Nobel recipient, Kailash Satyarthi. The vast online support and positive reaction to the event not only evidences the curriculum’s growing popularity but also suggests a promising future for such a necessary and valuable educational program.
See online responses to the event as well as videos from the event below: