TAMIL NADU

Focus on imparting life skills

R. Sairam

Efforts on to arrive at a suitable model for counselling

MADURAI: To prepare the present generation of school students to face the challenges of a competitive environment, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is sponsoring a ‘life skill development programme.’

The first of the experimental sessions was conducted at Setupathi Higher Secondary School here on Thursday and Friday to arrive at a suitable model for counselling. The programme is being implemented in Madurai by the Psychiatry Department of Government Rajaji Hospital and M. S. Chellamuthu Trust and Research Foundation.

An initial briefing was given for Principals and Headmasters of select Corporation, Government, private and Government-aided schools. Training in imparting life skills was given to two teachers from each school by a team of psychologists.

Says S. Gopalan, Headmaster, “The impact of these experimental sessions on the students would be observed before arriving at a model.” ‘Yellow Club,’ a concept modelled along the lines of Red Ribbon Club, has been formed for this purpose. The session at Setupathi School was attended by 45 students drawn in equal numbers from Thiru. Vi. Ka. Corporation Higher Secondary School, Corporation Elango Higher Secondary School and Setupathi School.

The focus of the programme will be on imparting 10 life skills, says coordinator of Yellow Club, C. Gopalakrishnan, who is handling the sessions along with S. Balaji, Physical Educator.

Skills imparted include ability to make informed decisions, solve problems and enhance critical and creative thinking. Apart from these, emphasis will be given for developing interpersonal skills, effective communication skills and also how to cope up with stress, says Mr. Gopalakrishnan. Recognising that the role of parents is vital in promoting life skills among children, they have also been taken as a part in this WHO exercise.

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