Why Compassion Matters?
The Dalai Lama Centre launched Compassion Matters to address several urgent issues and challenges by:
- Placing compassion at the heart of education enables children and teachers to explore compassionate thinking and actions.
- Developing high-quality learning materials that are universally available to all.
- Enabling children to develop increased understanding and awareness of themselves and their relationship with others, their community and the world they live in.
- Contributing to the improvements in children’s mental wellbeing by teaching them skills such as emotional awareness and regulation.
- Improving children’s ability to engage, empathise and act kindly towards others in their lives.
- Supporting children to develop tangible and transferable skills such as critical and responsible decision-making enhances their learning in and out of the classroom.
Compassion Matter aims to inspire children and adults to lead more compassionate lives by teaching them how to make compassion and kindness the basis for our thoughts and actions.
On average social-emotional learning (SEL) interventions, including the teaching of compassion education, have an identifiable and valuable impact on attitudes to learning and social relationships in school. In the UK, high-profile research has been undertaken by the Education Endowment Foundation on behalf of the Department for Education since 2011. On average, similar interventions have an identifiable and valuable impact on attitudes to learning and social relationships in school. They also have an overall average effect of four months’ additional progress on attainment. In 2017, the collaborative association for social-emotional learning (CASEL) carried out a meta-analysis shows evidence of long-lasting impact. A 2011 study found an 11% in academic skills .