Marita Hayes-BrownA very warm welcome to the Positive Education Schools Association.

PESA is Australia’s Positive Education peak association of schools, universities, educators, parents, researchers, charities and other community members who share an interest in an evidence-based approach to wellbeing, and a commitment to supporting our schools, students, and the wider community to flourish. We are based in Australia with a national focus, and also welcome international members.

Positive Education is the application of the scientifically-informed principles of Positive Psychology within an educational setting which have an impact on student, staff and wider-community wellbeing – both in enhancing wellbeing and reducing ill-being.  It is an approach to the development of an educational system which acknowledges the importance of, and teaches the skills required to enhance, wellbeing and character development as an essential component of academic achievement and personal flourishing over an individual’s lifetime.

Positive Education is an approach that values both hedonic happiness – attainment of personal pleasure and happiness, as well as eudaimonic wellbeing, which values meaning, self-realisation and ‘doing good’.

Now, more than ever, educators are acknowledging the link between wellbeing and student achievement.  Schools are increasingly focussing on the development of resilience, optimism, emotional stability and self-esteem in each individual, and the importance of students and staff understanding and utilising their character strengths.

PESA is committed to contributing to a thriving society where everyone can fulfil their potential and achieve both personal success and wellbeing.  We believe that every institution within society has a moral obligation to promote human flourishing – and none more so than those responsible for educating young people, our schools.

The confronting findings relating to youth suicide and youth mental health reported in the 2016 Orygen ‘Raising the Bar for Youth Suicide Prevention’ Report and the 2018 Mission Australia Annual Youth Survey certainly attest to the fact that there’s never been a more urgent need for communities to focus on the mental health of our children and young people.  The commitment to student wellbeing that our schools and wider communities are now making is an important component in addressing the youth mental health crisis we now face.

PESA is proud to serve over 1000 members across Australia and abroad, ranging from educators, parents, and researchers, to schools, universities, charities and other community members, who share an interest in an evidence-based approach to wellbeing, and a commitment to supporting their schools, and the wider community, to flourish.

PESA’s Vision –

For the science of wellbeing and Positive Psychology to be integrated throughout the education system, enabling all students, schools and communities to flourish.

PESA’s Mission –

To lead, promote, and foster the implementation and development of Positive Education.

Each of us can be a vital agent for change, and we believe that the foundations we are now laying within the field of wellbeing will reap vast benefits as the students of today become the parents, employers, educators, politicians and leaders of tomorrow.

 

Marita Hayes-Brown
PESA CEO
May 2018