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Life Skills Training

To grow into well-functioning adults, it is critical that youth learn key life skills. Life skills include critical and creative thinking, decision-making, effective communication, as well as skills for developing healthy relationships and a positive self-concepts. Life skills help people make responsible and informed choices and can promote healthy lifestyles as well as career skills. According to WHO, life skills may be defined as “abilities for adaptive and positive behavior, that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life… Every school should enable children and adolescents at all levels to learn critical health and life skills.”

Unfortunately, however, many children do not have access to education that provides such life skills training. World Education works with partners—including ministries of education, schools, and NGOs, to develop life skills curricula and training approaches—to assist programs to more effectively integrate and teach life skills to students in both formal schools and nonformal settings.

In Cambodia, for example, World Education is supporting the National Life Skills Education Policy by developing a teacher training curricula with a three-tiered classification of life skills including general life skills, pre-vocational skills, and career skills. In Nepal, World Education created integrated literacy curricula whereby out-of-school students learned literacy skills using materials that taught them key life skills—from health and cleanliness to avoiding being trafficked—while learning to read.

Featured Projects

View details: Women's Entrepreneurship Center - Laos

Women's Entrepreneurship Center - Laos

The Women's Entrepreneurship Center (WEC) in Vientiane, Lao, was launched to foster the development of women-owned sustainable small businesses.

View details: Youth and Technology

Youth and Technology

Capitalizing on the movement to improve access to education and skill building opportunities for Myanmar youth, World Education is providing non-formal education opportunities for out-of-school youth.

View details: Life Skills Education Program

Life Skills Education Program

The HIV-focused Life Skills Education Program is implementing and monitoring a national curriculum in 220 secondary schools throughout Swaziland.


Featured Resources



View details: ConnectEd Ignites a Change

ConnectEd Ignites a Change

Before ConnectEd, Josh lacked self-confidence and was not able to identify any of his strengths.

View details: Shy Teen Finds His Voice and His Vocation

Shy Teen Finds His Voice and His Vocation

The son of extremely poor parents, 17-year-old Rafael* had always studied at public schools in the city suburbs and had always been very shy.

View details: Building Life Skills and Self-Confidence

Building Life Skills and Self-Confidence

Chhoun La is a 16-year-old girl who lives in Prey Veng Province, Cambodia. Though she is young, Chhoun has faced many hardships.