Education in general
Education can simply be defined as an enlightening experience and the process of acquiring knowledge. However, it should rather be skilled based than knowledge solely. In any given class, there are students who are not excellent in their studies alone, so they have other projects, in which, the weaker ones can come up and excel in certain disciplines. Ultimately, it is not only the knowledge that matters but if one has the skill to do something, then it guarantees the work much more.
What is Life-Skill Based Education then?
Professionally known as soft skills, life-skills based education helps one to reach their full potential and to prepare them for the challenges of everyday life. It is the ability to think abstractly and approach problems from multiple angles to acquire practical solutions. Furthermore, it focuses on nurturing the life skills such as self-reflection, problem solving, critical thinking and interpersonal skills.
As per WHO, life skills are the abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.
Life skills training/ education takes into account psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills that help students to take right decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathize with others, and cope with managing their lives in a healthy and productive manner.
Importance of Life Skill Based Education
Ramesh and Farshad C. (2004) in his study proved the effectiveness of like skills training in increasing mental and physical health, prosocial behavior and decreasing in behavioral, social problems & self-destructive behaviors.
Roodbari, Sahdipoor, and Ghale (2013) in their research showed that life skills training has a positive effect and improves social development, emotional and social adjustment, suggesting an increase in compatibility of children and public health.
Volunteers Initiative Nepal (VIN) established the education, rights and life skills project to give women in marginalised communities the knowledge, skills and self-confidence necessary to participate in a successful community. Even the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector is much committed for the production of technical and skillful human resources required to the nation. The LCCI Nepal is another leading company working forth in the field of soft skills and management skills training. However, it should be made near-to mandatory for children and youths in their regular school curriculum so that they can be better prepared for whatever next is coming their way. Not just that, if things are framed in the manner presented, then they will acquire skill based education, starting from a very young age, which will further mould their understanding in a better way.
Imparting life skills education to youths and children can be helpful as it specifically addresses the needs of children, helps in motivating helps in motivating, providing practical, cognitive, emotional, social and self-management skills for life adjustments. Yadav P, Iqbal N (2009) showed positive results of imparting life skills education to students and bringing the change in adolescent’s attitude, thought and behavior by providing supportive environment to them. Thus, there is the significance of life skills education to be integrated into the regular school curriculum and given on a daily basis by a life skills trainer/ teacher/ counsellor to enhance the mental health of students, equip them with better adapted skills to face the challenges of changing life situations and empower them to become fully functioning contributors to the host society in particular and the world in general.