World Happiness Agora – The Future of Education

Join us on March 19th, 2019 at the World Happiness Agora to discuss why Positive Education and socio-emotional strategies are vital to human flourishing.

Young people learn the values of culture primarily from school because of the significant amount of time they spend there with their peers and educators. On average, the youth spend 30 hours a week in school. And while teachers may not do it intentionally or consciously, their pessimism and level of distrust have a way of affecting their students. However, should the teacher instill positivity, they can cultivate optimism, confidence, and a hopeful sense of the future.

Therefore, Positive Education can influence a student’s perception of the world, dramatically improving their outlook on life. To understand what it takes for students to flourish, Positive Education measures happiness, unhappiness, and academic success.

Positive Education aims to deliver all the traditional academic learning concepts but blend it with well-being and character, preparing students with life skills that are fortified with optimism, engagement, resilience, growth mindset, tenacity, and mindfulness.

Hope, Trust, and Happiness in Schools Around the World

The widespread dissemination of Positive Education across the globe has been impressive and inspiring.

In India, non-profit organization CorStone is on a mission to provide evidence-based resilience programs to improve physical and mental health while increasing academic achievement. In Beijing, the Bureau of Education is combining positive psychology with traditional Chinese philosophy to remodel the school culture with trained teachers and newly-designed courses.

Thanks to the UAE’s agenda to position itself as one of the happiest countries in the world, the government plans to harmonize their policies, plans, and programs around a happier society. This initiative includes improving the well-being of students. And in 2017, the UAE government launched their Positive Education initiative by training teachers and leaders on a national level.

In Australia in 2014, the Geelong Grammar School became the first school in the world to launch on-campus training, research, and development program dedicated to Positive Education. The Institute of Positive Education has since delivered more than 200 training courses to educators in Australia and internationally, benefiting more than 10,000 teachers from over 1,000 schools around the world.

However, it was in the small Himalayan country, Bhutan, where the first evidence of the effects of Positive Education was recorded to have significantly increased both well-being and academic performance. Bhutan organized its education system around the Gross National Happiness (GNH) principles. In a collaboration between the Bhutanese Ministry of Education and the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the GNH Curriculum was developed.

Through the GNH Curriculum, teachers learned how to give verbal and written feedback that was empowering, motivating their students to think critically and creatively. With improved decision-making and problem-solving skills, the students enhanced the quality of their work. More importantly, the kids were happy.

Don’t miss the discussion on the #FutureOfEducation at the World Happiness Agora where the goal is to spread positivity by focusing on the power that education has on the future generation’s happiness.