Panama City, Dec 16 (EFE) .- Most students in Panama have a positive attitude towards people of different origin and culture and are also empathetic, although at an average lower than the regional average, revealed a Unesco investigation released this Thursday.
The Study of Socio-Emotional Skills in Sixth Grade Students, ERCE 2019, also noted that the incidence of schools in the development of these skills “is less than their in learning achievements (mathematics, science, language).”
Socio-emotional skills “are essential for personal development and for performance and coexistence in school and in all other areas of life,” said the director of the Regional Office of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC / Unesco Santiago ), Claudia Uribe.
According to the research, carried out in 16 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, 80% of students in Panama showed a positive attitude towards being open to diversity, below the regional 85%.
Openness to diversity is the degree to which students perceive or anticipate that they are capable of accepting, tolerating and establishing links with those who are different from them, specified the study carried out by the United Nations Educational Organization, the Science and Culture or Unesco.
72% of students in Panama gave positive responses regarding school self-regulation, which is the ability to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behaviors during the learning experience and persevere towards the desired achievement, a rate below the regional 74% .
Regarding empathy, which is the ability to recognize the perspective of another, both in a cognitive and emotional sense, 53% of the responses of students from Panama were positive, compared to 55% regionally.
Regarding the role of schools, the study revealed, among others, that a climate of relationships and order in the classroom is relevant for the development of socio-emotional skills investigated.
“In several countries, students who attend classrooms where there are higher levels of disruption (classrooms where students are interrupted when they intervene, where the teacher has difficulty starting class and achieving silence, and where disorder prevails) report lower levels for the three skills, “said a Unesco statement.