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The Call for Life Skills Education

 

The call for life skills and values is currently echoing throughout the world, as educators, parents and even children are increasingly concerned about and affected by violence, growing social problems and the lack of values throughout the world.

 

Research has shown that social and emotional learning is fundamental to children’s academic learning, moral development and motivation to cooperate and achieve. Children who have social and emotional competencies and skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, resolve conflict, and feel positive about themselves and the world around them.

 

Life Skills Programs acknowledges the critical role that schools can play to enhance these factors that promote children’s resilience and personal development and we recognize that teachers can and do make a significant difference in the lives of children. Whilst teachers cannot and should not be expected to take on the role of a health professional, school is the most significant developmental context, after family, and since almost all children attend school, schools are ideally placed to promote the social and emotional development of children.

 

We encourage teachers and educators to look at education as providing students with a philosophy of living, thereby facilitating their overall growth, development, and choices so that they may grow into responsible and fulfilled members of the community.

 

Teachers shouldn’t have to make a choice between their students’ academic learning and nurturing their character. Teaching life skills helps create the kind of classroom environment essential for academic success and for social and emotional well-being.

 

Today, schools need new ideas to help create a positive learning environment. How do you teach young children tolerance, self-awareness and responsibility? How can you help them to deal with fear, mistrust and aggression? The answer is simple – make it Fun! Games, activities, songs, discussions and stories are all ideal ways for children to develop social and emotional skills while being creative and having fun.

 

Through the Mind Magic program, we are supporting teachers in integrating life skills education into classroom teaching and learning. Teachers will note an increase in respect, caring, cooperation, motivation, self-esteem and resilience.

 

Mind Magic incorporates all of the above life skills and is the key to nurturing and leading our children today so they can become the loving, confident, healthy adults we all desire in the future.