Training aging out orphans to develop a sense of identity, form relationships with others, and function in the wider community.

What are life skills and why are they important in a child’s development? What we have observed is that just because someone possesses a trade doesn’t mean that they are prepared to enter into society and thrive. Life skills are more than just job skills or an ability to swing a hammer. Life skills have been defined as; personal and social skills required for young people to function confidently and competently with themselves, with other people and with the wider community. These three areas of development are crucial in forming a holistic approach to life skill education. Life skills are crucial for any child’s development, but the demands and challenges facing orphans and vulnerable children in everyday life forces children to learn these life skills in order to survive. In many parts of the world, and especially for orphans, life skills aren’t taught as readily because traditionally the family served that role.

The purpose of this life skills training is an attempt to bridge a gap where formal education ends with life education so that each orphaned and vulnerable child can be prepared to face the complex and ever changing challenges of life. It is important to note that this training is not all encompassing in regards to life education or life skill training, but serves as a holistic model for the purpose of equipping orphanage directors, school educators, caregivers and key community influencers to be successful in training their own children under their care. This training is intended to provide a framework for life skills that can be adapted to specific cultural settings.

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To receive more information about this training and learn how it can be adapted and contextualized to any culture to serve your needs, please email lset@lifelinechild.org.