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SEE Learning programs held in Brazil

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 By  Shyamal Sinha

Representative Tsewang Phuntso with the Social-Emotional and Ethical Learning program’s participants at Senac Central University

Social, Emotional, and Ethical (SEE) Learning is an innovative K-12 education program developed by Emory University.

SEE Learning™ provides educators with the tools they need to foster the development of emotional, social, and ethical intelligence for students and themselves.

SEE Learning™ represents the state of the art in education by enhancing SEL programming with key additional components, including:

  • attention training
  • compassion and ethical discernment
  • systems thinking
  • resilience and trauma-informed practice

This program provides educators with a developmentally-staged curriculum consisting of easy-to-implement lessons, the conceptual framework used to design the curriculum, and resources for educator preparation and development. SEE Learning empowers students to engage ethically as part of a global community and provides educators with the tools to support student well-being.

Brasil: Ever since the international launch of SEE Learning (Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning) program in Delhi, India, in early April this year with the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a great effort has been made to promote the program in South America, particularly in Chile, Colombia and Brasil.

In Brazil, Tsewang Phuntso, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Latin America and the executive director of the Tibet House Brasil, gave a presentation on the SEE Learning at the University of Anhembi Morumbi’s School of Medicine in Sao Paulo on May 6.  Around 50 undergraduate students and faculty members attended the presentation.

On June 7, at the invitation of Mrs. Cristina D’Arce, President of the Society for Organizational Learning—Brazil, and Mr. Rodrigo Costa da Rocha Loures, writer and businessman, Tsewang Phuntso and his colleague Valentin Conde gave an extensive half-day presentation on the SEE Learning at the Senac Aclimacao campus of the Senac Central University in Sao Paulo.  Over 70 educators from various universities and educational institutions attended the presentation. The presentation was very well received.

On June 18 and 25, Tsewang Phuntso gave two more presentations on SEE Learning at the Tibet House Brasil. At each presentation, around 35 educators attended the presentations and many wanted to know more about the programs and know how to get involved in the program.

On July 22, at the invitation of Mr. Julio Lima, Executive Manager of the Instituto Cacao Show, an educational institution run by Cacau Show Chocolate industry, one of the biggest chocolate industries in Brazil, Tsewang Phuntso and Valentin Conde gave another half-day presentation on SEE Learning to the educators of the institute.  Vice President of the institute, Mrs. Angela Costa, and over 50 educators spend the whole morning attending the presentation.

On August 9, another presentation on SEE Learning will be held at the Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Brasilia based at the Brazil’s capital city Brasilia, where Prof. Lobsang Tenzin Negi, Executive Director of the Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics of the Emory University in Atlanta, USA, will speak on the SEE Learning.

With all these preparatory works and other meetings and site visits, a formal SEE Learning educators/facilitators workshop in Brazil will be held at the Colegio Sidarta in Cotia, Sao Paulo, from August 10 to 14.  Over 80 educators representing 14 SEE Learning partner and promising partner educational institutions (5 schools, 2 universities, 3 higher and professional institutions, and 4 educational NGOs providing after school programs for public schools) will attend the four-day workshop.  Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva and Lindy Settevendemie, as well as Prof. Lobsang Tenzin Negi from the Emory University, will conduct the educators/facilitators workshop. This will be the first SEE Learning workshop being held in Brazil.

-Filed by Office of Tibet, Latin America

Representative Tsewang Phuntso speaks on SEE Learning at Tibet House Brasil.

Representative Tsewang Phuntso with the participants of the SEE Learning at Instituto Cacao Show.

Representative Tsewang Phuntso giving a Presentation on SEE Learning at Instituto Cacao Show.

source – cta