Our work with UNESCO MGIEP

UNESCO MGIEP focuses on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 towards education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world by developing programmes that promote social and emotional learning, innovate digital pedagogies and empower the youth. The SEL Lab has been proud and honoured to be part of many SEL and PVE-E programs.

 

Masterclasses for UNESCO MGIEP

Masterclasses are global community classes for building capacities in Social Emotional Learning on the UNESCO MGIEP platform. The SEL Lab's founder is a co-facilitator for these global lessons in SEL.

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Masterclass on Empathic Concern and Compassion

UNESCO MGIEP and Life University (USA) invite the world’s youth to enroll for SEEK – a free online course that will help you learn all it takes to be an inspiring and compassionate leader at work, develop self-awareness to understand your strengths for growth, as well as acquire the art of clear, critical thinking for achievable goal-setting.

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Masterclass on Ethical Mindfulness on 19th June 2021

376 participants from around 21 countries came together on Saturday 19 June, 2021 for an interactive Masterclass on Ethical Mindfulness - Skill 2 of the Self-directed Emotional Learning for Empathy and Kindness (SEEK) course by UNESCO MGIEP and Life University (USA).

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Launch of Global Lesson in SEL: World Peace Day 2020

This masterclass co-faciliaed by our founder, Anokhi Parikh, on September 21, 2020: The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), in partnership with Life University (USA) launched the Global Lesson in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) on September 21, 2020, the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

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SEL Masterclass at UNESCO MGIEP Tech Conference 2020

This masterclass was co-facilaited by our founder, Anokhi Parikh based on building emotional awareness. Over 400 youth and young teachers from 50 countries built their capacities for emotional awareness at a Masterclass organized by UNESCO MGIEP and Life University on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 December, 2020. The 1-day online Masterclasses were part of the 4th edition of the Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH) organised by UNESCO MGIEP.

 
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Master of Ceremonies at the second World Youth Conference on Kindness 2020 by UNESCO MGIEP. Our co-founder Anokhi Parikh had the honour of hosting the conference. 

The second edition of the World Youth Conference on Kindness celebrated the importance of ‘kindness’ during the global pandemic as thousands of youth from around the world called upon the United Nations’ Member States to declare an International Day of Kindness for Humanity.

Find the videos here:

World Youth Conference on Kindness 2020: https://mgiep.unesco.org/wyc2020

Day 1 full video World Youth Conference on Kindness 2020: https://www.facebook.com/805227102841170/videos/401741881211520/

Day 2 full video World Youth Conference on Kindness 2020: https://www.facebook.com/805227102841170/videos/2538912926400831/

 

Global Launch of the Compassionate Integrity SDL version at the second World Youth Conference by UNESCO MGIEP

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Our Founder, Anokhi Parikh was one of the speakers at the launch of the Compassionate Integrity Training SDL version along with Micheal Karlin, Founder and creator of the CIT program, Abel Caine, UNESCO MGIEP and youth leader Anum Mulla.

 

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Our founder, Anokhi Parikh was one of the youth speakers in a plenary of youth and policymakers to dissect the role of "Kindness" in a time of Societal and Planetary change

Our founder was one of the speakers of the plenary at UNESCO MGIEP. 

Picking it up from this sombre backdrop, 9 distinguished young people from diverse practical walks of life (educators, volunteers, social entrepreneurs and students) united in the hope and quest for a better, more kinder world, joined 3 senior decision makers including a distinguished senior journalist, an activist/ peacebuilder and a government official. They started from the conceptual interrogation of the concept of kindness, through the role of education, media, youth, institutions and concluded with actionable ideas on how to realize a culture of kindness.  

From UNESCO MGIEP's Article: ’’A strong model of peace and kindness can be initiated by teachers’’, she said. Ms. Bijal Damani and Ms. Anokhi Parikh who works with children and educators in places like Kashmir joined her. Anokhi made a case for the importance of emotional competencies, ‘’having an emotional vocabulary for students is the need of the hour’’, she sounded the alarm.

 

Our founder, Anokhi Parikh, at the first World Youth Conference on Kindness by UNESCO MGIEP

International capacity building for SEL : 60 youth from 27 countries

In the run up to the World Youth Conference on Kindness, UNESCO MGIEP brought together 60 youth from 27 countries for a three-day-long capacity building workshop on Social and Emotional Learning. Some of the themes the workshops were included: Compassionate Integrity, Prevention of Violent Extremism, Understanding Kindness, Media Literacy, Social Media for Social Good. Our founder, Anokhi Parikh was one of the global youth representing India.

 

New Delhi Declaration of Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals released at the first World Youth Conference on Kindness by UNESCO MGIEP

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Declaration drafting committee 2019 and the formation of the Global Youth Alliance on Kindness at the UNESCO MGIEP World Youth Conference 2019

Our co-founder, Anokhi Parikh, was part of the team drafting the first version of the world's first declaration on kindness.

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Global Youth with  the president of India for the adoption for the first version of the declaration 

UNESCO Article: The New Delhi Declaration is a synthesis of 1,200+ youth voices from 117 countries; meticulously substantiated and summarised by the 60 youth participants from 27 countries. During the closing ceremony, the two youth participants who represented the 1200+ youth voices presented the Declaration, which was unanimously adopted by the audience gathered at the Conference. The draft of the New Delhi Declaration of Kindness for the Sustainable Development Goals can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/kindness-declaration

 

Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education- Capacity building program by UNESCO MGIEP

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Our Founder, Anokhi Parikh, was one of the selected stakeholders for an intensive three days capacity-building workshop that will aim to train 25 young leaders from India and selected countries who will go on and train education stakeholders (teachers, parents, school administrators, religious leaders, policymakers, students and youth) in the area of prevention of violent extremism through education.

 

Social and Emotional Learning Capacity Building Workshop in Jammu & Kashmir in partnership with UNESCO MGIEP

Curriculum: Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education Curriclumn (Youth waging peace guidebook), EMCC concepts, DICE, CIT concepts and theory.

Workshop 1: 31 Oct- 1 Nov 2020

Workshop 2: 28-29 Nov 2020

In collaboration with UNESCO MGIEP's Youth Waging Peace program, the main objective of the capacity-building workshop is to provide teachers from Jammu & Kashmir with the skills and tools for positive self and classroom transformation and for them to finally create an action plan collectively that they can take back to classrooms in Jammu and Kashmir. The goal is to equip teachers with the vocabulary to increase their own social emotional awareness, help process their own experiences in and out of the classroom and tune themselves better to the needs of the students. 

The Manifesto was the capstone project for the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)’s virtual capacity building workshop on Social Emotional Learning in the classroom. You can find the link to the document below. 

Teachers from Jammu & Kashmir sign a manifesto for Compassion in the Classroom

  

About the program:

24 candidates were selected to attend the teacher training programme representing the districts of Srinagar, Shopian, Anantnag, Budgam, Baramulla, Pulwama, Bandipora in the Kashmir valley and Kathua and Rajaouri in Jammu. The diverse batch of participants from across the spectrum of age (27-50 years old) and gender, equally represented government and private schools. 


The workshop was to build teacher’s social and emotional competencies to enable them to implement activities to build inclusive classroom and school spaces that do not affect students on the basis of religion, gender, race and caste in the context of Jammu & Kashmir’s socio-political realities

Context:

Kashmir as we know continues to be a place of deep trauma resulting from political and civil unrest. Given the socio-political situation in the Union Territory state, educators can play a unique role to redirect youth angst and trauma towards dialogue and peace. Education’s unique capacity to transform society from the ground up is what makes it the most powerful tool to end violent extremism and inculcate a spirit of mutual respect, curiosity and self-reflection. In line with its vision of 'Transforming Education for Humanity', the UNESCO MGIEP's programmes and products are designed to mainstream Social and Emotional Learning in education systems, innovate digital pedagogies and to put youth as global citizens at the centre of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

What next?

  • 2000 students will be directly impacted by this virtual training through the educators who are now equipped to take social and emotional literacy into their classrooms and schools.

  • UNESCO MGIEP, along with partners in the region, is now establishing an on-ground network in Jammu and Kashmir to be able to build a more sustainable model in the region.

About UNESCO MGIEP

UNESCO MGIEP focuses on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 towards education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world by developing programmes that promote social and emotional learning, innovate digital pedagogies and empower the youth.

 

Social and Emotional Learning Capacity Building Workshop in MANIPUR in partnership with UNESCO MGIEP

Curriculum: Prevention of Violent Extremism through Education Curriclumn (Youth waging peace guidebook), EMCC concepts, DICE, CIT concepts and theory.

Location: Imphal, Manipur

UNESCO’s action to prevent violent extremism through education (PVE-E) seeks to strengthen the capacities of national education systems (policies, teachers, and educational contents) to appropriately and effectively contribute to national prevention efforts. This includes equipping learners, of all ages, and notably young women and men, with the knowledge, values, attitudes and behavior, which foster responsible global citizenship, critical thinking, empathy and the ability to take action against violent extremism. For UNESCO MGIEP, it is specifically building the critical and social and emotional competencies of young men and women to wage peace.

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                                                 Educators in Manipur with the Directorate of Education  

  About the program:

The UNESCO MGIEP workshop in Manipur saw participants from the entire spectrum of the education system in the state. The diverse crew of 23 participants with ranging from the ages of 23 to 53, from small private schools, to large governmental schools, from all remote regions and unrepresented tribes. The workshop aimed at creating a platform for teachers to address concerns around inclusivity and intentional dialogue in the classroom. 

Context:

The State of Manipur, like many other conflict and violent stricken places around the World, is engulfed in a vicious cycle of civil unrest, fear and hostility leading to frequent curfews, closure of schools and public services. The emotional and psychological effects of this situation, especially among the youth will require a systemic overhaul – beginning with education. 


It is therefore, important to teach non-violence and kindness in youth and adolescents formative years if we aspire for a peaceful future. Education must strive to co-curate classrooms and school environments that are inclusive and free from all forms of discrimination. This includes ensuring that all pedagogies, language, content and mediums of delivery are attuned towards the objective of building peaceful prosocial behaviour among young learners - not ‘Othering’ them towards bullying and other violent behaviors.

In line with its vision of 'Transforming Education for Humanity', the UNESCO MGIEP's programmes and products are designed to mainstream Social and Emotional Learning in education systems, innovate digital pedagogies and to put youth as global citizens at the centre of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

About UNESCO MGIEP

UNESCO MGIEP focuses on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 4.7 towards education for building peaceful and sustainable societies across the world by developing programmes that promote social and emotional learning, innovate digital pedagogies and empower the youth.

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