The United Nations’ educational agency, UNESCO, is sponsoring a conference in India to promote social and emotional learning in children and how to use digital technologies — such as video games — to build more peaceful and sustainable societies.

As part of that effort, the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (UNESCO MGIEP) is promoting learning through video games, and using games to transcend national boundaries, hone problem-solving skills, and promote empathy.

The nonprofit group promotes social-emotional learning (SEL), or teaching children social and emotional skills such as understanding the feelings of others. The program promotes using digital technologies to help meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4, Target 7.

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