Conference Theme

The world is becoming complex day by day and the complexities of life are making human beings go haywire. In a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. The dramatic changes in global economies over the past few years have been matched with the transformation in technology and these are all impacting education, workplace and our personal life. To cope with the increasing pace and change of modern life, children, youth, adults, leaders, parents, professionals all need new life skills such as the ability to deal with stress and frustration.

Life skills are usually associated with managing and living a better quality of life. They help us to accomplish our ambitions and live to our full potential. Life skills means the everyday skills that people need to live an independent life and the skills that they need to relate to other people. In paying attention to skills learning, it is important that we remember the vital role that life skills play and that we develop them in everyone. Life skills can be defined as those skills that are not related to a certain intellectual or vocational discipline, but it describes the basic competencies for maintaining a fulfilling and independent existence. As the society around us develops, the skills we need to make it through the day also change. This happens with either practical life skills, such as the ability to start a fire – no longer needed – or the more emotional aspect of life skills like the ability to withstand criticism – with social media and new technologies, we are constantly being scrutinised not just by a close circle of family and friends but almost by the whole world.

With the digitalization and technological innovation in the present time, the 21st century world has become more competitive and fast pacing. Technology and digitalization has impacted all spheres of human lives. Hence, life skills become an important requisite to deal with the challenges posed in front of us, the skills we need to deal effectively with the challenges in everyday life, whether at school, at work or in our personal lives. Children and youth who are able to understand and use these skills, along with their educational qualifications, will be better placed to take advantage of educational and employment opportunities. In a constantly changing environment, having life skills is an essential part of being able to meet the challenges of everyday life. To cope with the increasing pace and change of modern life, students need new life skills such as the ability to deal with stress and frustration.

In everyday life, the development of life skills help children to find new ways of thinking and problem solving, recognise the impact of their actions and teaches them to take responsibility for what they do rather than blame others, build confidence both in spoken skills and for group collaboration and cooperation, analyse options, make decisions and understand why they make certain choices outside the classroom and develop a greater sense of self-awareness and appreciation for others. There’s a lot of research available today pointing towards a mental health crisis with even primary age children. A well put together strategy that promotes wellbeing will serve a vital role. Children need basic skills to compete, but these are definitely not the only things. They need life-skills such as the ability to bounce back from disappointments and the ability to work and collaborate with others, to think in an innovative, problem-solving way.

Life Skills Education results in bridging up communication barriers with parents and other adults. It enables young people to handle stressful situations effectively without losing one’s temper or becoming moody, learning to disagree politely with use of appropriate “I” messages and making a firm stand on values, beliefs and cultural differences. Assertive skills become important for development of self-esteem and positive attitude. When an individual learns all the basic skills to cope with challenges individuals will feel more confident, motivated, and develop a positive attitude towards life, thus, make more mature and adult like decision, starts taking responsibilities for their actions and in turn refrain from risk taking and risky behaviours and become more useful people for the next generation.

This conference will aim at emphasizing the importance of life skills for the wellbeing of various section of people especially children, youth, women, special people, elderly people, professionals, skilled and unskilled labour etc. Life Skills are the abilities which promote well-being and are essential to managing the challenges individuals meets in their daily life. First of all, the skills an individual need for its well-being is to know, how to live with full sense of satisfaction and happiness and to have a confidence in itself. Secondly, there are the skills an individual needs in order to relate to and live with other people. These could include the ability to communicate effectively with others and the ability to maintain relationships. The third layer of Life Skills are the skills an individual needs in order to live in society, like the ability to make decisions for one’s own life and participate in society. The main theme of the International Conference of Indian Association of Life Skills Education (IALSE) is “Life Skills and Well-Being of Children and Youth in the Digital World”. The sub-themes of conference is as follows:

1. Major Challenges of Life Skills Education in Digital World

2. Digitalization and well-being of children and youth

3. Life Skills for Happiness and Well-being of Special Children and Youth, Women and marginalized groups

4. Life Skills and University Level Education

5. Life Skills for Happiness and well-being of elderly and specially abled people

6. Government’s Programs and Policies of life skills education

7. Life Skills and mental health

8. Life skills for leisure and recreation

9. Life Skills for peace and well-being

10. Psychological, Social, Spiritual and Material well-being and life skills

Structure of the Conference

The conference will be classified into different sessions as given below for academic, administrative and technical convenience.

  • Inaugural Session
  • Plenary session
  • Thematic Sessions
  • Organized Symposia
  • Panel Discussion
  • Poster Presentations
  • Valedictory Session

It will discuss the above issues in four plenaries. These are:

Plenary Sessions:

  1. Life skills, happiness and well-being of young people
  2. Life Skills, happiness and well-being of professional & entrepreneur
  3. Happiness and Well-being of women and patterns of life skills in various culture
  4. Digitalization, Life Skills and Well-being

Participants:

  • Academicians
  • Social Scientists
  • Researcher Scholars/ Researchers
  • Government Representatives/Officials
  • Members from Civil Societies
  • Individuals interested in Life Skills, Adolescent and Youth related Research
  • Trainers and Consultants on Life Skills
  • Professional Social Workers and Activists