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    Why Should We Be Teaching Life Skills in Schools in 2021?

    Mrs. Sunita Wadhe
    October 31, 2021


    The internet is a wildly useful innovation. Information has become faster, better, and easier to attain, more so every year. Discover why kids and young adults need real-life skills empowerment now more than ever.

    However, because the information accessed via the internet is unfiltered, this has opened up a complex information age with a wide range of stimuli. It can get young people emotionally confused.

    That’s why kids and young adults need real-life skills empowerment, now more than ever. Learning life skills helps young people understand who they are and what they want out of life.

    Life skills are defined as the capabilities that enable individuals to take adaptive and positive behavior that makes them able to deal with the events and challenges of everyday life and to participate in the modern world full of new challenges and handle everything from interactions with others to identifying and processing emotions. 

    This is done through the promotion of positive personal behaviors, social adaptation, citizenship and positive attitude at work.


    Importance of Life Skills Education

    One of the most important problems that demand quick attention and solutions these days is the lack of life skills for the new generation. 

    Life skills education helps students build confidence in both communication and cooperative & collaborative skills, provide them with tools important for development, find new ways of thinking and problem-solving and provide methods on how to socialize, make new friends and recognize the impact of their actions and behaviors. 

    Life skills also help students take action in situations where their parents or teachers may not be available and make themselves take responsibility for what they do instead of blaming others.

    Instilling life skills and wellbeing skills in school supports mental wellbeing in children and youth now and in the future. 

    Essential Life Skills everyone should learn,

    1. Self-Awareness Skills
    2. Empathy and Sympathy Skills
    3. Problem-Solving Skills
    4. Decision-Making Skills
    5. Thinking Skills both Creative and Critical
    6. Communication skills
    7. Interpersonal Relationship Skills
    8. Accepting Criticism: A Life Skill
    9. Time Management Skills
    10. Stress Management Skills

    Life skills to a large extent depend on our experiences and how we can transfer these experiences to our new generations.


    But now we are facing a rapid change boom and a massive revolution in the field of science and technology, which widens the gap between parents and children, especially with regard to learning and transferring experience to them, and achieving the maximum benefit.

    It is necessary for parents to experience the pressures faced by children and young people. They should not put additional pressure on them and not be surprised by their behaviors that may not coincide with their values, but rather they must understand the technical development and the modern time in which they live and coexist. 

    They should understand the pressures and challenges the children are going through, and seek to find common solutions.


    Mrs. Sunita Wadhe

    Social Science Facilitator

    GIIS Dubai



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