Why We Teach Life-Skills?

DEVELOPING LIFE SKILLS – Skills Everyone Needs

Children and youth don’t naturally know how to make good choices especially when choices are many and increasing. In today’s dynamic world, having a method of developing life skills is an essential requirement to meet the challenges of everyday life. WHO defines life skills as “the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with demands and challenges of everyday life.”

Life skills include things like emotional, social and mental skills—such as self-awareness, decision-making, empathy, critical thinking, and coping with stress and emotions. To cope with the increasing pace and change of modern life, students need new life skills such as the ability to deal with pressure, stress and frustration. The key life skill is good decision-making. And it is not innate. It has to be learned. Life skills help children know what to do in everyday situations as well as prepare them to make good decisions as they grow from childhood to adulthood.

Our collaboration with NGOs

In one of our projects, we work with the victims of human trafficking involving children and women as young as 12 years old. Given their traumatic past, the physical and mental scars make it difficult for them to learn and educate themselves. Most of them want to commit suicide. So the first step in skilling these young women is to inculcate life skills in them. RuralShores Skills Academy provides Life Skills to help the survivors cope up with the adversities they faced, ways to heal themselves and move on with their lives. In keeping with their background and baggage, this tailor-made course for human trafficking survivors provide Life skills through teaching anger and conflict management, dealing with pressure and stress, healing, hard work and persistence, personal health, reasoning, values and so on.  In order to move forward, it is important for these young women to leave the past behind them, empower themselves with a set of skills which will help them earn their livelihood and look forward towards a bright future. We train these survivors in necessary skills to make them employable and provide placements though our tie-ups with various organizations.As on date, we are engaging with a Foundation that provides us access to NGO locations where such young girls are being protected and developed.  We develop our women trainers with our approach and methodology before they go into the NGO to impart training to the girls.   This exposure is preparing us better and exposing our trainers to develop better understanding of possibilities that we all have to manage!

Our Personality Development Programme

Even in our Personality Development, Spoken English and other training programmes, we experiment with different topics of Life Skills such as:                 

  1. Leadership
  2. People-interaction Behaviour
  3. Emotions in difficult situations
  4. Creative and Critical Thinking
  5. Problem-solving
  6. Time-Management
  7. Personal Finance
  8. Ability to communicate and collaborate

All these are part of essential skills for success and survival in the 21st century, both for active and employable individuals and for development of healthy societies. Life skills help improve your personality. They hold importance as they adequately equip the youth for the active role required of them in today’s fast-paced, complex, technologically-enabled and diverse society.

Youth development is a process of mental, physical, emotional and social growth to enable them to build successful career and lives. Life skills are the abilities that help build competence in young people as they face the realities of life and molding capable adults to become effective leaders in their lives and the world.

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