Introduction to life skills – Life skills notes KNEC



Life skills are “abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of every day life” (WHO, 1994).

Life skills promotes development of positive attitudes and behavior; knowing how to cope with stress; knowing how to identify, analyze and resist the negative effects of gender discrimination and, in turn, developing positive gender attitudes; making informed decisions on matters that affect people and practice healthy behaviors. As well as acting positively and effectively when confronted with difficult situation

Benefits of life skills

These include:

i. Health benefits

  • Life skills education addresses the combination of psychological and social factors that contribute to healthy behavior
  • The implementation of life skills education in schools addresses the needs of all children
  • The promotion of personal and social skills is an important aspect of health promotion intervention that aim to empower the individual to promote his/her own health as well as the health of others and of the community

ii. Education Benefits

  • Life skills education introduces learner-centered and interactive teaching method which can have a positive impact on:
    • the relationships between teachers and pupils o young people’s enjoyment of learning
    • teacher’s job satisfaction
    • rates of drop outs and absenteeism from school
  • Life skills have impact on the teaching of academic subjects,
  • There are indications that life skills education can have positive impact on academic performance

iii. Social benefits

Life skills education helps to clarify the needs of young people growing and so result in less delinquency among adolescents

iv. Cultural Benefits

  • Life skills education helps to clarify the of young people growing up in modern societies
  • Life skills education is of particular value to young people growing in multicultural societies

v. Economic Benefits

  • Life skills education, and skills promoted, appear to be amongst the ones most highly valued by the future employers of young people
  • Early prevention can be expected to reap maximum rewards in regard to healthy society, especially since the health and social problems prevalent today have at their root at component a human behavior

vi. Political Benefits

Life skills education addresses the needs of the child as specified in the United Nations Convention on the a Rights of the Child

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