Why Compassion Matters?
Compassion Matters was launched by the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion to address several urgent issues and challenges by:
- Placing compassion at the heart of education by enabling children and teachers to explore compassionate thinking and actions.
- Developing high-quality learning materials that are universally available to all.
- Enabling children to develop social-emotional learning skills by engaging with ethics and values.
- Contributing to the improvements of children’s mental health teaching them skills which will provide a foundation for long term well-being.
- Supporting children to develop tangible and transferable academic skills that enhance their learning in and out of the classroom.
On average social-emotional learning (SEL) interventions, including the teaching of ethics and values, 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, SEL 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 SEL’s long-lasting impact. A 2011 study found 11-percentile-point academic gains.