What is Eye Level Literary Award?

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For more than two decades, Daekyo has been discovering new breeds of writers 
and literary talents through the annual Eye Level Literary Award. 
In recent years, the contest’s focus has shifted to uncovering and 
recognizing talented children from around the world.
Eye Level members and non-members are all invited to showcase their creativity 
and take a step closer to their dreams. The contest is held every summer, and the 
global winners are invited to Korea to attend the Awards Ceremony and travel around Seoul.

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WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

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All children between
4 to 9 years of age.

Anyone, including non-Eye Level members,
are invited to participate. Participants
will draw about the topic announced
at the start of registration and describe
the drawing in 50 words or less.

More Social Interaction Needed

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In the age of mobile devices and social media, it seems like we are more connected than ever. However, studies have shown that the technology evolutions has caused more seclusion and people withdrawing from real social interaction. In combination with a more diverse population with different backgrounds and cultures this provides good reason to develop strong social skills in children.

·         Self-awareness: Understanding one’s own emotions, goals, values, limitations, strengths, and how they are all interconnected.

·         Self-management: The ability to regulate emotions and behaviors to manage stress and impulses.

·         Social awareness: Empathy and compassion for those who are different, while recognizing social norms in various situations.

·         Relationship skills: The ability to maintain healthy and rewarding relationships by communicating clearly, actively listening, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, resolving conflict and asking for help.

·   Responsible decision making: Learning to make choices by considering ethics, safety, risk, consequences and other people.

It takes role models, mentors, classroom efforts and parent involvement to develop these skills to increase social and emotional behaviors. Parents can lead the effort through community leadership and speaking with schools about incorporating SEL. Schools can be a support but it also takes community – after-school programs, mentorships and getting involved in activities with other children that promote positive social interaction.

1 Edutopia, 2019, Why social and Emotional Learning is Essential for Students