Even though they say that we are taught the basic skills of life, I firmly believe we aren’t. We may be taught how to apply for or a job, write out a C.V. But we aren’t taught how to budget our money for when we leave school. Every year in life orientation the same things are taught over and over again. For example sex, drugs, alcoholism and the list continues.
Young children should be taught how to budget, how to do first aid more in-depth, how to change a tire, how to invest your money, how to rent out a flat, even something so simple as calculating the right amount of tip you would need to pay.
Basic skills of life include creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, the ability to communicate and collaborate, along with personal and social responsibilities that contribute to good citizenship.
Aims: to make sure that young adults don’t go into the big wide world where they are faced bigger problems, then just school work and projects. By learning basic skills, they will help you stay calm in many situations and solve them in the correct way. It teaches you independence, confidence, communication and healthy living.
Why we should learn it ?
Most individuals do not think of the need for being aware of ‘SELF’. And most often, we do not pay attention on understanding our own strengths as well as our weakness, and the opportunities available and ahead of us. This sometimes results in low self esteem, inability to handle pressures at work and in their personal lives.
Role Plays: Firstly i would separate the class into groups of 4 or 5. Then after they would receive a topic about a problem. They would then create a short skit 2 to 3 minutes long, where they would have to act out the problem and the solution to their problem, by using the basic life skills that would have been taught previously.
Along with this being a fun activity and involves the whole class, to be active and participative, it also provides an excellent strategy for practicing skills; experiencing how one might handle a potential situation in real life; increasing empathy for others and their point of view; and increasing insight into own feelings.