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The life skills frameworks developed by national and international organisations, universities, and government bodies were reviewed as part of developing the LSC India Glossary of Life Skills. These frameworks help the concerned organisation adopt a more focused and structured effort towards fostering life skills among children and adolescents.

The LSC India Glossary of Life Skills is adopting the approach of ‘tagging’ each of the 51 life skills, which allows more flexibility in the way these complex life skills are understood and implemented in designing curricula and learning opportunities. Many of these life skills can be tagged to more than one category. Please click on the tab below to and explore.

Wellbeing Skills

These skills refer to a broad range of skills that enable us to generally feel good and function well, experience positive emotions such as happiness and contentment, develop our own potential, exercise control over our own lives, and have a sense of purpose and experience positive relationships. Wellbeing skills include aspects of emotional, physical and social wellbeing.  These skills are necessary for positive mental health and help us sustain ourselves right through life.

Citizenship Skills

These skills refer to the skills and abilities that enable us to be aware of our rights and responsibilities as citizens, to be active and engaged citizens, and to work together to make a positive impact in the society we belong to – locally, nationally and globally. This is essential for strengthening and safeguarding a democratic way of life. It includes the knowledge and skills required to understand, challenge and engage with people, politics, media, the economy and the law. Thus citizenship skills foster personal dignity and contribute to creating responsible thinking citizens, who are supportive, participatory, respectful, and aware of their rights and obligations.

Entrepreneurship Skills

These skills refer to a broad range of skills and abilities that enable an individual to embrace uncertainty and develop, organize and run a business enterprise, in order to make a profit and provide employment for others. It includes the skills required to seek new opportunities and use a new idea or innovation to run a business,  ultimately helping the buyer or the customer. Entrepreneurship skills also include the abilities and the mindset required to transform the world by solving big problems, like bringing about social change or creating an innovative product that challenges the status quo of how we live our lives on a daily basis.

Employability Skills

These skills refer to the skills, knowledge, competencies and personal attributes that enhance our ability to gain and sustain employment;  be successful in the chosen occupations, benefiting ourselves while contributing to the organisation, the community and the economy. It also includes the capacity to move between jobs and remain employable throughout life.

Employability skills refer to a group of essential abilities that  involve the development of  a  knowledge  base,   and  mindset that are necessary for success in the 21st-century workplace. They include skills necessary  for   self-advocacy  and networking  to  cope  with  changing  work  circumstances,  learn  continuously  and  be capable of working within changing teams.

Personal Skills

These skills are centred on knowledge and understanding of what goes on within us, allowing us to respond with awareness, thought, and intent. Self-knowledge and self-awareness are fundamental aspects of personal skills. They are necessary to manage ourselves, reflect on our thoughts and actions and thereby help us operate effectively in social contexts. Therefore, personal skills help develop interpersonal skills and are considered a prerequisite for interpersonal skills. Knowing and accepting ourselves is the first step in understanding and accepting others, which is essential in learning to cope. 

Personal skills are concerned with reducing internal conflict; understanding how we internally handle perceived external experiences; and coming to terms with our own attributes, limitations and potential. People with high personal skills tend to know themselves well, feel positive about themselves and  have a sense of purpose in their lives. These skills form the very foundation of everyday life and can be acquired in the same way that we learn math and language skills.

Social Skills

These skills are a set of learned abilities that enable us to interact competently and appropriately in a given social context. These skills, also referred to as interpersonal or relational skills, enable us to effectively communicate and interact with, and meet the needs of people in various situations. Social skills are necessary for a large variety of interpersonal contexts and include capacities for appropriate verbal and non-verbal reactions. These skills also help regulate interpersonal relations and a variety of social situations.

Social skills are important for harmonious existence in different social groups and have a great influence on the overall quality of our lives. 

Thinking Skills

These skills involve mental processes that we apply when we seek to make sense of any experience. They refer to the human capacity to think in conscious ways to achieve certain purposes. Thinking skills enable us to integrate each new experience into the schema that we are constructing of how things are. These skills need to extend to what we see, what we understand and what we can demonstrate to others. They are a large collection of individual skills and strategies that enable us to monitor and regulate our learning and memory.

Thinking skills are necessary tools in a society characterized by rapid change, many alternative actions, and demand for numerous individual and collective choices and decisions. They are essential in learning how to learn and are considered to be of central importance to higher-order cognitive learning. The most basic premise of the thinking skills movement is the idea that individuals will learn to think better if effort and attention are paid to teaching them how to do so.

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