Together with BOOKR Kids, COPUBLICA and Harper Collins, the Learning Planet Institute joins the LEGO Foundation’s “Build a World of Play” initiative to deliver the world’s first family-focused social-emotional learning solution based on intergenerational storytelling for early childhood development.
Although families with children aged 0-6 are spending more time together, the digital age means they talk to each other less than ever (Ortiz-Ospina, 2020). COVID-19 has had an additional negative impact on the social and emotional capacities of children. Yet the preschool years represent a critical period for the development of basic social, emotional, and communication skills.
In response to this challenge, the Learning Planet Institute has partnered with BOOKR Kids (Hungary), COPUBLICA (Denmark) and Harper Collins (USA), to deliver a playful home-centered storytelling solution for social learning. -emotional (SEL). This new solution will include digital and non-digital tools, community and family outreach, SEL expertise and advocacy for SEL policies that will transform and impact the well-being and holistic development of children aged 0-6. year.
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An intergenerational transmission to learn from each other
From an early age, the family can be the main vector of stories. Through stories, families share emotions and social skills, such as building trust, cultivating norms, transferring tacit knowledge, and generating emotional connections. As Leonora Dowley, Head of Partnerships at the Learning Planet Institute, reminds us, “Social-emotional learning is key to early childhood development.”
Engaging family members as partners in the learning process will add more meaning, especially in countries where nearly half of all preschoolers are not enrolled in kindergarten (UNICEF). The solution proposed for SEL for families is a vital, complementary and potentially preventive element in improving the well-being of children.
As an organization committed to learning, we believe in the power of social and emotional skills to develop social and emotional intelligence. Sharing individual experiences will help children learn from past generations and develop new ways of learning and thinking to meet today’s challenges for a better tomorrow.
Influencing and supporting governments to accelerate specific actions for SEL
The project will be rolled out in five countries on five continents – Brazil, Hungary, Rwanda, Indonesia and the United States, representing thousands of local communities with very different preschool SEL systems and strategies.
Additionally, the consortium, aided by #LearningPlanet Alliance, will engage with local ministries (education and family), local NGOs and other stakeholders to nurture and support any existing social and/or educational programs for families. .
BOOK Children has extensive experience in storytelling technology for children. The company employs 36 storytelling specialists. BOOKR Kids is financially strong, partly owned by Móra, Hungary’s largest publisher, and CEO Dr. Dorka Horvath, PhD in Education.
Based in Denmark COPUBLIC has implemented large-scale education-focused projects globally, including in target countries. Using a proven digital tool powered by Whatsapp, COPUBLICA can reach 50% of all families through their existing Whatsapp channels in target countries.
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world. With 200 years of history, HarperCollins publishes over 10,000 new books each year. HarperCollins authors include Nobel laureates. HarperCollins has SEL expertise and a large SEL-focused library for kids, caregivers, and parents.
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