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The Importance of Life Skills in Schools
Life skills are defined as the capabilities that enable individuals to take adaptive and positive behaviour that makes them able to deal with the events and challenges of everyday life and to participate in the modern world full of new challenges and handle everything from interactions with others to identifying and processing emotions.
In school, students learn how to read and write. They learn about science, mathematics, sports, and history. They even learn about human sexuality and reproduction. Seems strange that they don’t learn basic life skills, doesn’t it? Why are we not teaching kids critical skills such as effective communication, personal decision making, realistic goal setting, conflict resolution, and social responsibility in every school?
Life skills don’t just affect the way students interact with the world, but also the way they see the world. In order to positively change their personal trajectory, they first need a solid understanding of how to actualize positive change. Goal setting and effective communication are essential.
While people of all ages can benefit from life skills training and instruction, it’s important to teach these skills as early as possible. Learning life skills helps our children create better futures for themselves and for the world at large: Young people involved in gangs leave them and become responsible individuals, misdirected youths become positive contributing community members, and students graduate from high school better equipped for college and rewarding careers.
Importance of Life Skills Education:
1. Building Confidence
Life skills education helps students build confidence in both communication and cooperative & collaborative skills, provide them with tools important for development, find new ways of thinking and problem-solving and provide methods on how to socialize, make new friends and recognize the impact of their actions and behaviours.
2. Solving Challenges
If we want to live life successfully, then we need to understand the importance of life skills. And it is also very important to implement it in our life. If this happens then our life can move in a simple and right direction. Life skills make us competent to know how to make our life easy and simple, how to create a positive life, and how life can be spent in the right way. It polishes the ability to adapt to all kinds of circumstances and succeed in every aspect of society. Lack of life skills in the lives of new generations needs to be taken care of as it is important in life.
3. Expressing Themselves
One key life skill is for students to be able to articulate and convey how they feel. It is equally important for them to learn how to be effective listeners and to respect diverse opinions and cultures to treat every conversation as if the person they are speaking with may have something to teach them. A slight shift in perspective can change someone’s entire life for the better.
4. Taking Actions
Life skills also help students take action in situations where their parents or teachers may not be available and make themselves take responsibility for what they do instead of blaming others.
How to Promote Life Skills for Young Students
Parents can take an active role in teaching life-skills at home with projects that provide real world examples and lessons in decision making and problem solving. They can be as simple as assigning household chores and budgeting exercises through an allowance, to caring for a pet or volunteering in the community.
Fun and simple-to-organize activities, like game nights (or afternoons) with family and friends with an educational focus that also encourage working in teams, can help to build social and interpersonal skills.