The course is based on the Comenius project on Group Dynamics and Social Skills in the Classroom 2000-2002. After the project the courses have been organised in Finland, Cyprus, Portugal, Italy and Ireland.
School forms one of the longest consecutive phases in the life of children and young people. School years cover the very important and intensive periods of neurobiological development, personality development and development of social skills and group behaviour. School can provide a lot of support to the positive growth in all these aspects.
So far, school has focused more on academic achievements than the social competence and firm self-esteem. Because of the many structural and cultural changes taking place in our countries the need for supporting the development of social skills and competence are increasing in order to support the healthy development and prevent the marginalisation.
When speaking about the social skills it is much to do with interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence (EI) refers to the ability to identify, express and understand emotions, to assimilate emotions into thought and to regulate both positive and negative emotions in oneself and others. EI includes also self-awareness and impulse control, persistence, zeal and motivation, empathy and social deftness.