Why is there a need for Life Skills Education?
The host of factors that promote high risk behaviour such as alcoholism, drug abuse and casual relationships are boredom, rebellion, disorientation, peer pressure and curiosity.
The psychological push factors such as the inability to tackle emotional pain, conflicts, frustrations and anxieties about the future are often the driving force for high risk behavior.
Life skills training is an efficacious tool for empowering the youth to act responsibly, take initiative and take control. It is based on the assumption that when young people are able to rise above emotional impasses arising from daily conflicts, entangled relationships and peer pressure
The Need for Life Skills Training in India
Our education system mostly focuses on academic and rote learning. Students have little access to education that will help them grow as individuals and work on their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills. In India awareness about life skill is still at the ground level.
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in 2005, introduced life skills education as an integral part of the curriculum through Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) for classes 6 to 10 and developed life skills manuals for teachers While there have been dispersed efforts around life skills, focus on curriculum integration and teacher development remains poor.
Many of these efforts take a general approach to ‘life skills information delivery’ (sometimes more as moral/values education) without a particular context. The Need for Life Skills Training Our education system mostly focuses on academic and rote learning. Students have little access to education that will help them grow as individuals and work on their intrapersonal and interpersonal skills.