You Can Do It! Education's main purpose is to support communities, schools, and homes in a collective effort to optimise the social, emotional, and academic outcomes of all young people.
Its unique contribution is in identifying the social and emotional capabilities that all young people need to acquire in order to be successful in school, experience well-being, and have positive relationships including making contributions to others and the community - in effect, what it means to be a good citizen.
The 5 Keys of YCDI! Education
The core purpose is the development of young people's social and emotional capabilities, including:
- Confidence (academic, social)
- Getting Along, and
When Connie Confidence visits the children she tells them: ‘I am good at doing many things. I can learn to do just about anything. I know it is okay to make mistakes when I am learning something new. I am good at making friends and meeting new people. I look and sound confident. I look at people when I speak to them. I use a strong voice, not too loud and not too soft, so people can hear what I'm saying.'
Gabby Get Along
Gabby Get Along teaches us: ‘I work and play nicely with other children. I like to get along with other people. I take turns and share. I try to fix problems by talking, not fighting.'
Oscar Organisation says: I always listen to what the teacher is saying. I take care of things by putting them away when I have finished using them. I always plan to do my best work.'
Pete Persistence teaches the children: ‘I never give up. No task is too difficult for me. I like trying hard. I know I do my best when I am persistent.'
Ricky Resilience is good at calming down when he is upset. He tells the children he knows what to do when he is feeling sad or angry or worried about something. He is able to calm himself down to work and play again.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, we concentrate on each of the five keys listed above five week blocks. Each week, one student from each class, who has demonstrated this trait, is presented with an award at our weekly assembly.