Why Life Skills

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines 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 psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills that help people make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathise with others, and cope with managing their lives in a healthy and productive manner.

The World Development Report (2007) identified “enhancing capabilities through LSE” as 1 of 3 policy directions recommended to assist young people to develop and contribute to society. Life-skills are a critical element in UNICEF’s definition of quality education and also finds mention in 2 of the 6 Education for All Goals (UNESCO) – committed to by 164 nations – which aim to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015. Today, Life Skills Education is offered as part of the formal school curriculum in at least 70 countries.

Life skills are considered especially important for underprivileged children and adolescents who are being deprived of an all-round education available to their counterparts that emphasizes on holistic development of individuals. These set of skills have been shown to be particularly essential for children at risk or in especially difficult circumstances as it equips them to deal with various challenges they face.

Personal skills

  • Self Awareness
  • Coping with Stress
  • Coping with Emotions
  • Leadership

Social skills

  • Empathy
  • Effective Communications
  • Inter-personal relations
  • Conflict resolution
  • Fairplay

Cognitive skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Decision making
  • Negotiation skills