Macmillan Life Skills: Language is a life skill

This report discusses about the importance of studying life skills and how studying it would help the students in seeking jobs later on in their lives. Defining life skills and presenting different categories of life skills and how they differ from one another, it defines the importance of education and its features of inculcating values, which help in solving life issues. In addition to describing the importance of life skills, the reports emphasises how coming up with newer ways in current scenario can help in developing life skills in students.

Life Skills - Skills for Life: A Handbook

Life Skills are an important component in supporting behavioural change. These skills include developing empathy, vocational training and proper communication between people. These skills are focussed upon bringing a positive change towards one’s knowledge, attitude and behaviour. Life skills are used even in reducing the consequence a person has to face due to a tragedy. Various programmes, activities and group discussions are held to promote life skills. Life skills also include psycho-education, which involves training and coping mechanisms which could be beneficial for facing difficult challenges in traumatic situations. Assessments are also used to identify the area of skill intervention in the form of tests, evaluation and questionnaires, which are used for getting information on the situation and the person’s experience.

The Lifelong Effects of Early Childhood Adversity and Toxic Stress

Toxic stress has become common in today’s society especially amongst adolescents and children who are indulging in alcohol consumption, drug abuse and smoking, which have harmful impacts on one’s physical and mental health. Toxic stress is also one of the causes behind the increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, cancer and depression. Some of the factors which are responsible for these stresses are poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. This study aims at focussing on various issues concerned with toxic stress and how it can be overcome with development psychology, education, rehabilitation and proper nutrition.

The Life Skills Education in India: An Overview of Evidence and Current Practices

Life skills play an important role in helping a person take decisions on his shoulder and make choices. Children if equipped with life skills can help in building self-confidence as well as emotional strength to face situations. Life skills include decision making and problem solving, which could be used in professional life. These skills are essential in improving the curriculum being followed in education institutions by developing a holistic approach towards the system through innovation and improvement in teacher student relationships. Focus is also given on education restructuring with less dependency on rote learning and laying more emphasis on critical and logical analysis.

Global Evaluation of Life Skills Education Programmes

United Nation Children’s Fund or UNICEF has played a major role in spreading awareness about life skills programmes in different countries. It has also come up with a measuring scale for measuring the performance of the countries in imparting life skill programmes. According to them, life skills are prioritised by national governments and are being implemented on those frameworks. Evaluation of these programmes indicates that they are not being implemented properly because of lack of resources and teaching staff in schools. Implementation is also affected because they also not considered to be part of traditional academic subjects.

Teacher Development Programme

Dream a Dream’s Teacher Development Programme’s main focus is to make teachers capable of effectively communicating with children belonging to different backgrounds as they help in shaping children’s future. This programme helps to make teachers of different schools aware about the importance of studying life skills. This is done through imparting creative skills to them, which helps them to inculcate these values in their students. This programmes also helps teachers know about themselves, which is useful for their self development. It supports teachers in communicate with their students effectively on issues, especially where students find it difficult to communicate about sexual abuse etc.

Life Skills Education and CCE - Class IX and X

Adolescent age in a person’s life is considered to be a transit stage as s/he steps into adulthood from children’s stage. It is a stage where the individual faces various issues related to lack of her/his awareness about crucial issues in the environment and hesitates in discussing these with elders. These act as a barrier. Imbibing different life skills can help in this direction as they help the person to effectively deal with the problems by behaving in a positive manner to deal with situations.


» K G Suresh, Director General, Indian Institute of Mass Communications
» Sachidananda Murthy, Resident Editor, The Week & Malayalam Manorama
» Nivedita Mookerji, Resident Editor, Business Standard
» Pervin Varma, Former CEO, Child Rights & You (CRY)
» Gulan Kripalani, Development Communications Expert & Film-maker
» Tarun Cherukuri, CEO, Indus Action
» Rajiv Tikoo, Director, OneWorld Foundation India


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