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Salzburg Global Fellow Tonia Casarin wins Global Impact Challenge

Educator entrepreneur earns spot on Singularity University’s Global Solutions 2017 Program

Tonia Casarin speaking at a Singularity University Brazil's Global Impact Challenge event

Oscar Tollast | 10.05.2017

Salzburg Global Fellow Tonia Casarin is celebrating after being declared a winner of the Global Impact Challenge in Brazil.

The competition, promoted by Singularity University, encouraged entrants to come up with an idea to improve the lives of people in Brazil and beyond.

This year’s projects addressed areas such as education access, education for socio-ecomotional skills, project-based education, and education for the environment.

Casarin, an educational entrepreneur, submitted a proposal to build a platform to assess, train, certificate and coach teachers in social and emotional learning.

Earlier this month, Casarin discovered her project earned her a full sponsorship to attend the Global Solutions Program at Singularity University. The program runs between June 17 and August 17.

Singularity University is a global learning and innovation community with a mission to address humanity’s greatest challenges.

Casarin, who’s dedicated her career to developing social and emotional learning skills, attended Salzburg Global Seminar in 2016 as a participant of Session 566 - Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills.

This was the second international meeting in Salzburg Global's multi-year series on Education for Tomorrow's World. Its aim was to help support collaborative action to advance the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. 

During this session, Casarin sat down with Salzburg Global to explain a parent’s role in teaching their children social and emotional learning skills. 

Casarin believes the first step in developing 21st-century skills is knowing how to identify feelings. Her book, “I Have Monsters In My Tummy,” is a resource for children to learn to recognize their emotions.

Tonia Casarin was a participant at Session 566 - Getting Smart: Measuring and Evaluating Social and Emotional Skills. This session was held in partnership with ETS, with additional support from Robert Bosch Stiftung. It features as part of the multi-year Education for Tomorrow's World. More information for the session can be found here:

Oscar Tollast