25th November 2016

The Background & Future


SESA Initiative Ghana is a collaboration between the indigenous organisation Addison International Centre for Emotional Intelligence (AICEI) and the Social Emotional Development Institute (SEDi). It has establish the largest learning, development and support infrastructure dedicated to creating the national capability to build measurable Resilience in Ghana.

This story began in 2015 when James Kwesi Addison travelled to the UK to meet SEDi founder and creator of the SESA Initiative Jay Baughan.

His vision was for a SEDi to establish a national infrastructure, to support education and community projects to build Emotional Resilience in young people and children.

AICEI was founded by James, Ghana’s first Emotional Intelligence center.

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Creating Capability in Ghana

SESA Initiative Ghana sets out to support Ghana’s 10 regions, by forming learning & development alliances which establishes a Social Emotional Skills Academy and specialist capability within educational settings and community development projects.

Each It will address the country’s need to be able to provide social emotional skills development as a way of building Resilience & Wellbeing through what are known as “soft skills”. This will be achieved by forming Social Emotional Skills Academy (SESA) locations across the country, guiding learning and development activities and measuring evolving skillswhich pinpoint evolving Social Emotional Development across entire communities.

SESA Ghana provides a national learning & development infrastructure which establishes qualified Specialists in Social Emotional Development Practice – Ghanaian educators and practitioners who will define and build social emotional skills that empower Resilience and determine Wellbeing.


SEDS is a proprietary professional qualification from SEDi, It is the first comprehensive, knowledge-to-practice and externally awarded qualification, in Social Emotional Development practice.

It has been purpose designed to set a new standard for Human Development activities, and to provide the map for establishing Engagement, Resilience and Wellbeing within education, community and workplace settings.

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Within Ghana,the network of Specialists will be supported to design, deliver and monitor the development of social emotional skills in adults and young people.

SEDi provides both the physical and digital resources needed, supported within Ghana by SESA Initiative partner, Addison International Centre for Emotional Intelligence.


“A heightened sense of self-awareness, better ability to manage distressing emotions, increased sensitivity to how others feel, and the capacity to manage relationships well are vital throughout life.” Daniel Goleman

For years, senior psychology researchers had been calling for clearer definitions for emotional competencies related to Resilience and Wellbeing, stating that a “new scale development is required.” SED are able to periodically Measure Youth Development impact, from the progressive building of specific social emotional skills:

Self-Awareness & Self-Management: A cluster of emotional competencies which enable the development of awareness of presence and of communication; authentically and openly.

Social Skills: A cluster of emotional competencies which enables the grasp of the emotional dimensions in all situations and how to better influence others to help achieve productive outcomes.

Resilience: A cluster of emotional competencies which enables the ability to take on challenges and to respond creatively and effectively, irrespective of set-backs, and remain open to new opportunities.


Understanding how emotions shape your thoughts and actions is the first step to gaining greater control over your behaviour. Developing the youth skills to manage self and others more effectively maximises how young people influence as a leader.

SESA Ghana provides a rigorous youth leadership development process that builds and embeds Emotionally Intelligent skills to equip future leadership.