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Know the ABC's of life skills education
Researches in education have thrown up many ways of organising school curriculum and currently many educators are batting for 'Life Skills Based Education' as a relevant way to organise and transact curriculum in the present times.

Life Skills have been defined as human's psycho-social and cognitive potentials and competences which enable them to develop transformative, adaptive and positive thinking processes and take informed actions to deal effectively with challenges and demands of everyday life in society.

It is being said that the development of life skills should starts in early childhood and continues throughout one's life as an application of the acquired and honed skills.

Educational researches have been categorised life skills into three main classes, namely, self-awareness skills; social skills; critical thinking skills and communicative skills. The content learning is organized and transacted to develop these four skills for implementing the curriculum.

Here is the ABC of life skills based curriculum.

A: Awareness of own self, care of the body, building positive self concept, good habits

B: Behaviour that is pro-social to work in groups and teams along with coping skills and respect for diversity

C: Critical and creative thinking skills

D: Decision making, problem solving skills, rational assertive skills

E: Emotions, feelings and reactions are understood and managed

It has been suggested that the learner -centred classroom practices such as experiential learning are the best for life skilled based curriculum in which the learners are motivated and guided to find information on their own and convert into applied knowledge.

I recall that in one NGO, the language teaching was done by building vocabulary around body parts, good habits and personal hygiene by creating flash cards and four-line rhymes. Care was taken to include as many body parts as possible body-part names as possible for alphabet learning. Most rhymes included the care of the body parts.

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