Mar 12, 2018
The mark of higher education isn’t the knowledge you accumulate in your head. It’s the skills you gain about how to learn
These are special competencies a person acquires over a period of time to correctly perform a task/procedure or correctly deal with specific situations.
This is a term used to describe a set of skills acquired through learning and/or direct life experience that are used to help individuals and groups effectively handle problems and questions commonly encountered in their daily life.
BASIC LIFE SKILLS
These enable us to effectively manage the challenges and questions we face in our daily lives. Basic Life Skills include:
- Interpersonal Communication
- Decision Making
- Goal Setting
- Building Self Esteem
- Ability to stay safe and healthy
- Time Management
- Value Clarification
All skills listed above are interrelated and complement each other. Many skills may be applied to a particular situation.
A winner is someone who recognizes his God-given talents, works his tail off to develop them into skills, and uses these skills to accomplish his goals.
IMPORTANCE OF BASIC LIFE SKILLS
The relationship between different life skills leads to powerful behavioral outcomes.
To deal with specific (complex) or challenging life situations and circumstances;
To promote responsible healthy spiritual, social, sexual and reproductive health behaviors;
For growth, development, management and survival.
Provision of solid foundation for life, allows people to live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives.
CATEGORIES OF BASIC LIFE SKILLS
Skills of knowing and living with oneself: Self Awareness, Self Esteem, Coping with emotions, empathy skills
Skills of knowing and living with others: Team Building, Communication, Negotiation, Peer resistance
Skills of making effective and good decisions: Leadership, Critical Thinking, Decision Making, Problem Solving
Self-awareness: is an individual’s ability to appreciate the strength and weaknesses of his or her own character in order to make choices or take decisions/actions within his abilities. Self-awareness skills include the ability to:
- Recognize weak and strong sides of one’s behavior and abilities.
- Differentiate what one can do or cannot do by her/himself.
- Recognize things that cannot be changed, and accept them (example: height, size, etc.).
- Appreciate oneself (people are not alike, diversity is a good thing).
- Recognize one’s own unique talents