Life skills are abilities which are not taught through books or education curriculum, but are vital aid in tackling problems of real life.
Education has transformed from the predictive measures of rote learning to depending upon one’s wit and skills to succeed. Today, where knowledge is growing at an escalating rate, it is fruitless for teachers to work feverishly in teaching young people lessons that have no practical consequences. Instead, students need a further edge, not only to ace beyond competitors, but also to represent intuitive citizens of a vivid tomorrow. The present generation desires life skills to endure and flourish in the 21st century.
There is something about attitude, motivation, optimism, confidence, persistence, responsibilitywhich contributesto the way individuals seem to feel about themselves and what they are doing that makes a difference in the way they handle the challenges of life itself.
Life skills are all those necessary abilities which are generally not taught through books or education curriculum, but are indispensable aid in tackling problems of real life. Ideally, parents or guardians are the ones who show them the right path. Yet, in the current hustle and bustle parents forgo the essentiality of life skills in favour of rigorous lessons in maths and science. In turn, at a tender age, children get waylaid and are unable to cope with the fine vagaries of life.
Although children around the world are more likely to imbibe formal education, upon graduation they often find that they are not adequately prepared for the world, due to undue emphasis upon bookish knowledge. Because skills relevant to key growth sectors of the modern economy – both technical and ‘soft’ skills – are often not covered in traditional education systems, employers often find a ‘skills mismatch’ between the competencies youth need to succeed in the workplace and those they actually possess. To succeed in life, it is imperative to look beyond bookish knowledge into qualities that accentuate the state of economy. Therefore, it has become mandatory to include life skill lessons in the educational curriculum. Here are ways where Life Skills act as aids to not only education, but life:
The skills needed for success in the future will go far beyond the context of a traditionally drafted system. Life skills paves way to a well-balanced meticulous individual, ready to reach for the stars and tackle adversities with the right tools.
This article has been authored by Shobana Mahansaria, Co-founder, Dolphin POD