Why School Students should learn Life Skills
Young Students are a creative mixture of knowledge, skills, boldness behaviour, and a lot more. They continuously interrelate with their fellow students, with their inner selves and even with the environment as a whole. As young students grow up and turn into smarter adults, it becomes imperative for them to acquire critical life skills, that are the combination of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Only 21st -century critical life skills will enable them to handle themselves and their surrounding situations successfully.
Life skills- Why students should learn them?
Life skills is a phrase that is used to define a set of necessary skills developed through learning or even direct life experience. Skills that assist individuals in effectively handling of issues and problems encountered in daily life.
Life skills includes
- Leadership Skills
- Values & Ethics
- Economic Sense
- Critical Thinking Skills
- Communication Skills
- Environmental Skills
- Smart Consumer Skills
- Decision Making
- Research & Analysis
- Social Media
- Goal Setting
- Negotiation Skills
- Personal Finance
- Creativity & Innovation
- Virtual Productivity
- Collaborative Skills
- Global Citizenship
- Self Management
- Personal Branding
- Networking Skills
- Planning & Organization
All of these essential skills are must for success in the 21st century, for healthy societies and successful and employable individuals.
Every democratic society requires dynamic, informed, and accountable citizens, who are enthusiastic in taking accountability for themselves and their communities and are willing to contribute towards the political process.
Life skills will ensure that young citizens are
- Aware of their rights
- Informed about social and political issues
- Anxious about the wellbeing of others
- Able to represent their opinions and arguments
- Prepared to create an influence on the world
- Responsible for their actions.
Such capacities do require time and effort to develop. They have to be taught and learned, and the sooner, the better.
Young students might learn specific life skills through their daily life experiences. Still, they require additional training to learn and master critical life skills.
Life skills training benefits
As per the World Health Organisation, life skills training will produce the following benefits-
(i) Life skills education will address the emotional and social aspects that contribute to healthy behavior.
(ii) life skills education in schools will cover most of the needs of all school children.
Life skills training will promote learner-centric and interactive teaching methods which will produce a positive impact on the relationships between teachers and students.
- Make learning sessions more enjoyable.
- Increase the learning satisfaction among students
- Reduce the absenteeism rate of the school.
(i) Life skills training will receive the valued and well-deserving appreciation from future employers
(ii) Early introduction of life skills can reap maximum rewards regarding a healthy society, ( As health and social problems are the root component of human behavior, with life skill training both the components can be managed successfully).
As per the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Child Statute, Life skills training is essential to address all the needs of the child.
Several types of research have displayed similar results which include-
(i) Positive changes in the overall behavior of the students
(ii) Reduction in drug use and smoking.
(iii) Overall improvement in mental health status
(iv) Overall enhancement in self-esteem and self-confidence
Overall life skills training benefits
- Generates self-confidence and positive spirit and teaches a practical approach to deal with significant life challenges, such as bullying and discrimination.
- Develops a voice that is heard and noticed at school, in the community, and even in society at large.
- Enables learners them to make a positive contribution towards society
Life skills, as mentioned above, are undoubtedly transferable to many diverse situations and different issues. Utilizing these skills will enable the younger generation to become more confident and competent. The youth of today are forced to face a world that is full of issues which include emerging issues such as
- Global warming,
- Increasing population.
- Cut-throat competition
- Lack of job security
- Drug abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Anti-social crimes
The younger generation is being considered, as the most creative members of the society, due to their intellectual competence. But in the current scenario, the younger generation unable to utilize their potential. Mainly due to lack of guidance and motivation. To provide them with immediate and effective support it is crucial to develop a socially responsible system of education. That supports development of life skills that will prepare the younger generation in coping up with future challenges of the 21st century.