Sao Paulo: The Tibet House Brasil in collaboration with the Federal University of Sao Paulo (UNIFESP) organised an orientation lecture on Social, Emotional, Ethical (SEE) Learning (previously known as Secular Ethics) program developed by the Emory University in Atlanta (USA) at the UNIFESP auditorium on 8 August.
The lecture was given by Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, a professor and executive director of the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-based Ethics of the Emory University.
This is the third orientation lecture on SEE Learning organised by the Tibet House Brasil in Sao Paulo—the first lecture was organised in September 2016 with Geshe Dadul Damgyal of Emory University and second in April 2017 with Geshe Lobsang Tenzin.
Geshe Lobsang Tenzin begun his orientation lecture with the rationale of taking this initiative. He said that SEE Learning enriches existing Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) approaches with a) attention training, b) compassion and care, c) system awareness, and d) ethical engagement.
He then spoke on the framework content of the SEE Learning, which he said, is primarily derived from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s books on secular ethics—a) Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World and Ethics for the New Millennium. The framework structure is adapted in tune with what Daniel Goleman, noted psychologist and science journalist, focused in his book, “The Triple Focus: A New Approach to Education”.
Geshe Lobsang Tenzin pointed out that the SEE Learning focused on three domains of personal, social and system and three dimension of awareness, compassion and engagement along with the nine components within this framework of three domains and three dimensions. The components highlighted include: 1) attention and self-awareness, 2) self-compassion, 3) self-regulations, 4) interpersonal awareness, 5) compassion for others, 6) relationship skills, 7) approaching interdependence, 8) recognizing common humanity, and 9) community and global engagement.
He further said that Pedagogical method encouraged by the SEE Learning is focused on acquiring knowledge, critical insight and embodied engagement leading to key learning threads of critical thinking, scientific perspectives, reflective practices, and engaged learning pedagogy.
Geshe Lobsang Tenzin also pointed out that the role of SEE Learning trainers is to encourage teachers to have enthusiasm in self-cultivation, pedagogical orientation, and creating a caring classroom environment.
He also pointed out that, after devoting many years in research and development of this program, the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-based Ethics of the Emory University has now almost finalised a series of curricula teach SEE Learning from kindergarten to 12th grade.
He also mentioned that the SEE Learning will be internationally launched with a conference in Delhi in April 2019 and with the publication of curricula in book form.
Geshe Lobsang Tenzin’s orientation lecture was attended by over 50 people which among others included pedagogists, teachers, educationists and representative of NGOs involved with the children’s education.
Apart from the orientation lecture, Geshe Lobsang Tenzin had a series of meeting on 6 and 7 August with the possible partners and prospective schools in Sao Paulo to introduce the SEE Learning in Brasil. These include Nova Escola, Colégio Sidarta, Colégio SER, Fundação Lemann, Pedagogia Department of UNIFESP, and Universidade Anhembi Morumbi.
-Report filed by OoT, Brasil-