Life Skills and Civic Education
This division will provide support for life skills education in all government schools of Delhi. Life skills have been defined by WHO as “the abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life,” and consist of 10 core skills: self-awareness, empathy, critical thinking, creative thinking, decision making, problem solving, effective communication, interpersonal relationship, coping with stress and emotion. In brief, life skills may be viewed as a range of psycho-social and cognitive abilities that equip children to make informed decisions and choices, manage their emotional well-being and communicate effectively.
The National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 has emphasized on constructive learning experiences, and on the development of an inquiry-based approach, work-related knowledge and broader life skills. It recommends integrating ‘peace education’ into curriculum so as to nurture ethical development, inculcating the values, attitudes and skills required for living in harmony with oneself and with others, including nature. In 2005, CBSE introduced life skills education as an integral part of the curricula through Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) for classes 6 to 10 and has developed life skills manuals for teachers teaching classes 6, 7 and 8. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) also has, under its agenda, life skills training focusing on upper primary girls.
This division will also lead civic education activities by hosting the SCERT’s YUVA cell which was started with the vision that all children shall receive learning that helps them to be happy, responsible, healthy, thoughtful and productive citizens.