The lives of children today are much different. They need to learn skills for life, not just passing exams. What skills are life skills?
The World Health Organization has defined life skills as,“the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”.
Life skills are essentially those abilities that help promote mental well-being and competence in young people as they face the realities of life. Most development professionals agree that life skills are generally applied in the context of health and social events. They can be utilized in many content areas: prevention of drug use, sexual violence, teenage pregnancy, HIV/AIDS prevention and suicide prevention. The definition extends into consumer education, environmental education, peace education or education for development, livelihood and income generation, among others. In short, life skills empower young people to take positive action to protect themselves and promote health and positive social relationships.
There is no definitive list of life skills. Problem solving, critical thinking, effective communication skills, decision-making, creative thinking, interpersonal relationship skills, self awareness, building skills, empathy, coping with stress and emotions are some essential tools for understanding one’s strengths and weaknesses, explore alternatives, weigh pros and cons and make rational decisions in solving each problem or issue as it arises and establish productive interpersonal relationships with others.
We help children to develop these skills by turning classroom activities into opportunities for real learning.
Knowledge will build you a house, attitude will make it a home.