Improving children’s learning and development in conflict-affected countries (CACs) is critically important for breaking the intergenerational transmission of violence and poverty. This study tests the theory of change about how a school-based universal socioemotional learning (SEL) program – the International Rescue Committee’s Learning to Read in a Healing Classroom (LRHC) – impacts children’s learning and development. The study was implemented in three conflict-affected provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lawrence Aber is a professor of Psychology and Public Policy at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and New York University, where he also serves as board chair of its Institute of Human Development and Social Change and co-director of the international research center "Global TIES for Children". He is an internationally recognized expert in child development and social policy.