In a world where success means academic achievement and financial gain, are we letting our children miss out on something that could make them happy, and that could result in the kind of world we want them to grow up in? With bullying on the increase and the number of children and young people suffering from mental health issues on the rise, the need for a new approach in schools has become apparent.
Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it’s the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves.â€ – Sir Ken Robinson, author on cultural and creative education.
Through ChangeX, the platform of social innovations, a number of innovations that support and encourage compassion, empathy, kindness, imagination, self-esteem, respect and critical thinking taking are off throughout the country. We meet the people behind Mindfulness Matters, Playworks and Peace First and talk to teachers who are noticing exceptional results.
Mindfulness, a buzz word that started taking hold in mainstream media a few years ago, has stood its ground. Unsurprisingly, companies that invest in employee wellbeing, such as Google, Yahoo and Apple encourage mindfulness in the workplace. NUI Galway last year introduced The Mindful Way initiative at its campus, incorporating mindfulness into its teaching, studying and researching practices.