“A good education can change anyone. Supporting wellbeing of students can change everything”- The Unknown
Growing up has never been easy. Kids are pushed into our complex world and are expected to learn and grow. Coping with academic stress, navigating relationships, identifying gender and sexuality, managing emotions and fitting in with their peers are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s no wonder why students who develop early mental issues like anxiety and depression have difficulty achieving milestones and learning in school. Due to the recent pandemic, mental issues in children have spiked by a considerable number.
Student wellbeing refers to the psychological, cognitive, social and physical functioning and capabilities that students need to live a happy and fulfilling life. Students experience less disciplinary incidents, can concentrate better on academics, and develop stronger communication skills, when schools foster emotional well-being. This can lead to greater academic performance and lifelong health.
Hence it becomes imperative for parents and schools to prioritise wellbeing for their students, especially in post COVID world. Here are 3 main reasons why we should prioritise student wellbeing:
- Academic Performance
Many studies have shown that students with higher levels of psychological and emotional wellbeing show higher levels of academic achievement. This is because students who are low on their wellbeing quotient solely concentrate on their shortcomings. Students should feel that their flaws don’t define them and should be motivated intrinsically to work hard. Improving their wellbeing will not only boost their self worth but will also help them with their academic performance.
- Social Integration
Students are the future of our country. In order for them to prosper and thrive, they need to learn from others and develop essential social skills. When students have pleasant interactions with each other, they tend to learn better and enhance their overall performance. This is fundamental for collective growth and harmony for students.
- Self assurance
Students should have a natural sense of self assurance in their environment so that they absorb new information confidently and know how to communicate their ideas. However, when the society puts peer pressure on them, they feel worried and stressed. They might doubt their talent and feel overwhelmed with the pressures of juggling everything. A self content and a well assured mind can encourage them to be confident about their abilities.
These are the 3 main reasons why wellbeing should be integrated in the educational experience of students.