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WHAT ARE LIFE SKILLS

Life skills are the skills that prepares us for daily life. These skills are required to deal with the daily chores and challenges faced during the course of life’s journey. Life skills are beyond academics and are very essential to lead a healthy, happy and successful life. We also need life skills to conduct our self cognitively, emotionally and socially in a well-balanced manner.

Life skills have been defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as “the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life”.

It is always found that people with life skills or rather practical skills are better at handling any job and situations in life. As academics alone is not enough to deal with life, these skills, such as problem solving, creative thinking, interpersonal skills, coping with stress and few more help sail through the various phases of life in an effective manner. When children grow up, they will require these skills more than anything else.

10 LIFE SKILLS

Following are the ten Life Skills recommended by WHO which are broadly categorised into 3 groups:-

THINKING OR COGNITIVE SKILLS
    1. Self-Awareness
    2. Decision Making
    3. Problem Solving
    4. Critical Thinking
    5. Creative Thinking
EMOTIONAL SKILLS
    6. Coping with Stress
    7. Managing Emotions
SOCIAL OR INTERPERSONAL SKILLS
    8. Empathy
    9. Effective Communication
    10. Interpersonal Skills
All these skills are inter related and reinforce each other.

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NEED FOR LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION

The real purpose of education is to enable us deliver our best in various spheres of life. The education should nurture an individual holistically beyond the three R’s [reading, writing and arithmetic]. It is something deeper which facilitates all faculties of our mind, body and heart to work in sync.

Many a times, we see when we prepare a speech for an event, we undergo anxiety and nervousness. And we are clueless on how to cope with it. An education should not only teach to prepare a speech but also deal with the restlessness & anxiety associated during preparation. In effect one should be able to take care of Emotional Health.

Similarly a historical figure should not be taught as a person who has done numerous things. Rather we should be taught to think and suggest few measures which could have been implemented during his/her regime. This approach helps in developing Thinking/Cognitive Skills.

We have seen people good at writing but is not able to express while talking to family and friends. Education should enable a person communicate well in any mode of communication, thereby develop Social Skills.

In today’s world of information, gadgets, technology & cut throat competition, people are often lost in understanding their aspiration, worth and capability to lead a stress less life. In such scenario, life skills are the need of the hour to empower individuals to manage and lead the life successfully.

WHY LIFE SKILLS FOR EARLY YEARS

The sole mission at Hurray Kids is to educate children on life skills from early years.

Early years from 2 to 10 years is the time when child’s grasping and adaptive powers are at its best. This period should be the sowing period for life skills training to yield better outcomes. According to WHO [1997], “Ideally, this learning should occur at a young age, before negative patterns of behaviour and interaction have become established”.

Usually a child is always assessed in our country on the basis of academic performance and grades attained. Unfortunately the other attributes and skills which a child is having get little importance and acknowledgement. Let’s take an example of a child who is good in sports, dance and is very compassionate & helpful, but not very bright in academics. Here the child may score lesser marks in the class exams but is surely getting better prepared to face the world compared to someone else who is only into academics. Usually such child will grow into a well-balanced human being.



Hurray Kids Products

To make our children life-ready, Life Skills play a critical role beyond the academic learning of Mathematics, Science & Arts. While these subjects are the source of knowledge, Life Skills such as Thinking Skills, Emotional Skills and Social Skills help in application of this acquired knowledge in real life.

Hurray Kids is an educational venture born with the mission to educate our children from 2-10 years on Life Skills in a simple & joyful manner by partnering with parents & schools. Early learning orients the child to be emotionally balanced, socially adaptable and to think & decide independently.

Hurray Kids follows World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended Life Skills framework for product design. Incidentally these products also serve as an effective parenting tool which help in Life Skills parenting and bond with the child.