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Life Skills Based Health Education

At the dawn of the 21st Century, the learning potential of significant numbers of children and young people in every country in the world is compromised by conditions and behaviours that undermines the physical and emotional well-being that defines ‘health’. This severely undermines efforts to educate the current generation children and young people. Under these circumstances, education policy-makers and planners are embracing health promotion activities in the school, to achieve their goals. Schools, therefore, must be not only centres for academic learning, but also supportive venues for the provision of essential health education and services.

Using the broadest view of health, ‘life skills-based health education’ (LSBHE) can be applied to almost any health-related issue, subject or topic. The development of life skills for health can help young people become more responsibe for their own lives and practice healthy behaviours.

Many countries are now developing life skills-based education in response to the need to reform traditional education systems which appear to be out of step with the realities of modern social and economic life.

What distinguishes Skills-Based Health Education?

  • Programme objectives include individual change to adopt health promoting behaviour.
  • Balance in the curriculum for the development of:
    • Knowledge,
    • Attitudes and Values, and
    • Life Skills
  • Participatory teaching and learning methods for health education.
  • Student-centered and Gender-sensitive programs.

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