Life Skills

What are Life Skills?

Using the World Health Organization definition -
life skills are defined as

"abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.”

Life Skills can simply be categorized on how we:
Manage Information

Manage our Self (Emotions & Internal Thoughts)
3.       Manage Others (Managing our self with others – Interpersonal Skills)

UNICEF and UNESCO – provide a more in-depth range of categories and sub categories.

The categories are simply divided into – Knowledge, Personal Abilities and Interpersonal Skills.  


·          Decision making/ problem solving skills
·          Critical thinking skills
Personal abilities
Skills for increasing internal locus of control (self awareness/self esteem)

·          Skills for managing feelings
Skills for managing stress

Interpersonal Skills/Abilities
·          Interpersonal communication skills
Negotiation and refusal skills

·          Empathy
Cooperation and teamwork

·          Advocacy skills  

This section will provide insights and learning materials on how to develop life skills – and will be categorised into the 3 distinct areas outlined above. 

In Managing Information/Knowledge we will look at issues such as knowledge management – how we can develop Information gathering skills and evaluate the future consequences of present actions for self and others. We’ll take a look at skills analysis and  the influence of values and attitudes of self and others on motivation.

We’ll further look at the role of p
eer and media influences, attitudes, values, social norms and beliefs and factors affecting the interpretation of knowledge and identify and review relevant information and information sources 

Managing Self/Personal Abilities
We’ll examine the ways in which to managed and build self esteem and confidence. How to increase self awareness, set personal and achievable goals and tools to self evaluate/assess and monitor personal progress

Learning materials on how to manage your feelings will focus upon Anger Management, dealing with grief and anxiety, loss, abuse and trauma.

Additionally we will provide resources or routes to Personal management skills development on disciplines such as time management, Positive thinking and Relaxation techniques.

Interpersonal Skills/Abilities
Learning materials and options to improve verbal and nonverbal communication, active listening, how to express feelings; giving feedback (positive and developmental) and receiving feedback

Training available to develop negotiation and assertiveness skills, deal with conflict and learning how to refuse/say no.  Develop empathy skill by increasing your abilityto listen to and understand another's needs and circumstances and express that understanding Assess how to work with others by evaluating how to cooperate and work effectively in a team.

Learning how to have and display r
espect for others' contributions and different styles as well as assessing one's own abilities and contributing to the group.
Further options will be explored to enable development of influencing, persuasion, sales skills along with the approaches to effectively network and motivate and inspire others