Program on Life Skills
The challenges children and young people regularly face are many, and require more than even the best numeracy and literacy skills. That is why the 164 nations committed to ‘Education For All’ have included "life skills" as a basic learning need for all young people.
Around the world, Life Skills-Based Education (LSBE) is being adopted as a means to empower young people in challenging situations. LSBE refers to an interactive process of teaching and learning which enables learners to acquire knowledge and to develop attitudes and skills which support the adoption of healthy behaviours. It is also a critical element in UNICEF's definition of quality education.
Importance of Life Skills Training
One of the key areas to that need emphasis is on the importance of Life Skills Based Education…Training on Life Skills has become extremely essential with the growing competitive environment and peer pressure. Therefore, the use of life skills as been given due weight with respect to addressing these issues. Life Skills are not only wanted by the young but all. We all get to use them at several regular intervals and critical junctures in our daily lives. Our objective is to impart key life skill training and life skill based education and life skill based health education with a unique methodology involving interactive audio visual, games and real life situation examples. For more information on our Methodology, Pedagogy you may refer to the Methodology section page.
The Big Picture
In recent years, enthusiasm for education about health and social issues has been growing in communities around the world. Young people, especially girls and young women, regularly face risks that threaten their health and limit their learning opportunities; yet, information alone is not enough to protect them from these risks.
Life skills-based education can provide these children and girls with skills to manage such challenging situations, particularly in the context of supportive communities and environments. The focus is on reaching this target population through the school setting. Life skills-based education can and should be used to address a wide range of issues relevant to these young group. The need to apply life skills is also highlighted directly and indirectly in a number of international recommendations.
Which Skills are Life Skills
The psychosocial and interpersonal skills are generally considered important life skills. Many skills are used simultaneously in practice. Ultimately, the interplay between the skills is what produces powerful behavioural outcomes, especially where this approach is supported by other strategies such as media, policies and health services.
The three main categories of Life skills are
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Decision-Making and Critical Thinking Skills
- Coping and Self-Management Skills
- An increased level of confidence
- An increased ability to communicate
- An increased ability to work within a team environment
- An increased ability to assess a potentially dangerous situation
- An increased level of self esteem
- An increased understanding of social responsibility
- An increased understanding of the support available for children
The outcome of imparting Life Skills Learning to our students will make them aware, confident and trained. The above outcome is based on the three X Factors Knowledge, Attitude and Skill.