Life Skills
 
 
     
     
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined life skills as, "The abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of every day life".
  • The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) defines life skills as "A behaviour change or behaviour development approach designed to address a balance of three areas: knowledge, attitude and skills".
  • Life skills are essentially those abilities that help promote mental well-being and competence in young people as they face the realities of life.
  • Most development professionals agree that life skills are generally applied in the context of health and social events.
  • The definition extends into consumer education, environmental education, peace education or education for development, livelihood and income generation, among others.
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  • UNICEF, UNESCO & WHO list the ten core life skill strategies and techniques as:
  • Problem solving
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Creative thinking
  • Interpersonal relationship skills
  • Self-awareness building skills
  • Empathy
  • Coping with stress and emotions