Dr. Swaroop Sampat Rawal Founder & Vice President, Early Childhood Association, India did her PhD in education from University of Worcester, UK. Her thesis was on “The role of drama in enhancing life skills in children with specific learning disabilities in a Mumbai School: My reflective account”. In 2008, she was selected by the then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to head unique educational programme for children, which will use drama as a tool. She worked with GCERT, MSCERT, KGBV, MHRD and AICTE and was part of the team, which designed the NVEQF. She published books like – Learning disabilities in a nutshell, Series of Child Rights book for children. She is the Governing Council Member and Member of Society of Save the Children-India/Bal Raksha. She is also the Founder and Vice President of Early Childhood Association, India. She is the Member of editorial team of Educational Journal of Living Theory, an international e-journal. As an actor and producer, she worked in theatre and films
Imparting life skills in education
Cut-throat competition, joblessness and want for job security are some of the foremost concerns for the youth and as a result, they experience stress, anxiety and depression. This ordeal needs to be addressed by a socially responsible system of education. The 3’R’s are important, but education to sustain and enable a better life is especially important.
Life skills education bridges the gap. Today, the buzz around life skills education is at an all-time high. Policy and civil society members from educational agencies to various NGOs and UN bodies have made great strides in developing life skills programming to help students achieve a range of empowering cognitive, health, social and economic outcomes.
Life skills are ‘the psychosocial competencies and abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with demands and challenges of everyday life.’
Life skills include things like social, emotional, and thinking skills – such as self-awareness, empathy, critical thinking, decisionmaking, and understanding and managing emotions. The term ‘psychosocial’ refers to the dynamic relationship between the psychological dimension of a person and the social dimension of a person. The psychological dimension includes the internal, emotional and thought processes, feelings and reactions, and the social dimension includes relationships, family and community network, social values and cultural practices.
Psychosocial skills refer to the skill that address the need of both psychological and social needs of individuals, families and communities.
Some children acquire life skills without even thinking about it. They learn them from their parents and grandparents as they watch them go about their everyday jobs, and they improve their own skills by practice.
For others, children life skills do not come as easily. They brood over them, or believe no one has the time for them. By teaching life skills in the classroom, we can help even the playing field and set children up for success in their own lives.
Imparting life skills education to the students can be helpful in giving them a chance to make sense of their world and contribute to the society they live in and become change makers.
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