Gandhigram Trust has plans to extend life skills education to teachers and teacher educators, child activists and social workers shortly with an aim of improving quality of life through capacity building of children and enriching their life skills, according to Trust Secretary K. Shivakumar.
He was presiding over a seminar on life skills education to school teachers held at Gandhigram on Saturday. He said that a module on life skills education was also developed for eighth, ninth and tenth class students to enhance their skills and help them handle things efficiently. To begin with, hands on training will be imparted to teachers in educational institutions under its control. Later, the training will be extended to others.
Life skills education was very important especially for teachers who prepared the young minds.
The LSE will enable teachers to translate knowledge, attitude and values for handling real life situations to the children helping them decide what to do, when to do and how to do it with ease. This was also an approach towards integrated self empowerment, he pointed out.
In his special address, Management Consultant and Life Skills Trainer R.V. Dakshinamurthy, said that teachers were given hands on training in conducting different sessions through focus group discussions, presentations, role plays, games and simulations.
Modules on self awareness, empathy, critical thinking, creative thinking, problem solving, decision making, effective communication, inter-personal relationship, coping with emotions, coping with stress as recommended by UNICEF have also been dealt with.
It would help teachers enhance quality of education through innovation, creativity and equip children become more analytical in approach, recognise the relationship between knowledge and power.
Gandhigram Trust Director Vasuki briefed the objectives and importance of life skills education and the strategies adopted by the trust.