Life Skills Training

The Life Skills Program consists of five core areas that are necessary as a part of a main stream curriculum. These areas form the back bone for a robust Work Skills Program. The Life Skills space is one area that is 100% inclusive as the skills that it caters to are generic life skills that are applicable to any population, special need or otherwise. Care has been taken to include the core concepts that are an absolute necessity for school going students, to subsequently get them ready for a job in the future. These skills are essential to all career options.
The core areas that were a part of the Life Skills curriculum are
1. Self-Awareness & Self-Management
2. Social Awareness
3. Grooming & Hygiene
4. Communication
5. Gender sensitivity

1. Self-Awareness & Self-Management
Students should be able to identify their thoughts, feelings, and strengths, and recognize how they influence their capabilities, choices and actions that make them unique
Students should be able to learn how to handle emotions constructively; develop positive thinking, practice perseverance, deal with stress and disappointments and explore the Think-Feel-Act cycle. Students improve their organizing skills, decision making and problem-solving skills, goal setting, critical- thinking and creative –thinking
Students work on their Attitude, Motivation, Responsibility, Goal setting, Handling Emotion, coping with stress, Dealing with Peer pressure
Students develop their Time Management Skills (scheduling, time tabling, planning, deadlines, punctuality, etc.) and their Money Management Skills (budgeting, shopping, saving, banking, etc.)

2. Social Awareness
Students are able to understand their physical and social world as well as cultural, historical and geographical contexts in which they are located, are able to identify understand the thoughts and feelings of others, have empathy, respect their rights, appreciate diversity, to engage/challenge more opinions in time and become ‘inquirers’ and not simply ‘adherents’.
They learn about Empathy. Respect. Diversity. Collaboration

3. Grooming & Hygiene
• To understand the importance of a first impression.
• To be able to describe the appropriate dress for a job interview and why.
• To be able to describe appropriate dress after you have been hired. (Business dress vs. Casual dress)

4. Communication
Students should be able to practice communication, and negotiation skills to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding connections with individuals and groups; Teamwork and cooperation skills; Assertiveness training; Friendship
They learn about Speaking, Listening, Writing (mails, CV, letters, notices, memos), nonverbal & verbal communication, body language, telephone etiquettes etc.

5. Health & Fitness
• Nutrition and balance diet
• Knowledge of common illness, prevention and treatment
• Maintain physical fitness and weight management through healthy diet and exercise.

6. Gender Sensitivity
Teaching about sexuality encourages students to develop a coherent set of personal values based upon respecting themselves and others. Students who understand and value themselves and others are better equipped to develop meaningful and respectful relationships. They are able to take a positive approach to managing their lives and develop the necessary skills to prepare them for current and future life challenges.
Sexuality education encompasses a range of relationships, not only sexual relationships. Children are aware of and recognize these relationships long before they act on their sexuality and therefore need the skills to understand their bodies, relationships and feelings from an early age.
Sexuality education provides opportunities for students to develop media literacy skills which are essential to help children and young people understand, interpret, and evaluate media messages and imagery related to sexuality, relationships and gender
• prepare students for changes which they will experience during puberty and help them to accept change as a normal part of growing up
• dispel myths which students often hear
• provide an opportunity for students to learn about their changing bodies in a positive environment free from discrimination or prejudice, including homophobia
• provide students with consistent knowledge and information, which can help combat peer pressure
• provide a forum to discuss concerns with trusted adults
• generate opportunities for children to talk to their parents openly and honestly about issues relating to sexuality which provide a platform for communicating during adolescence
• provide opportunities for students to develop decision-making skills and to approach issues with confidence in their abilities to solve problems

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