Life skills are the strategies or abilities one uses to get along with one’s personality, one’s friends, family, the society and the environment as a whole. These strategies empower the young person to interact with the society in which they live as effectively as possible.
The main approach to education in formal institutions has been knowledge based where young people are given fact proven information. Traditionally, the older people used to impart life skills into young people in evenings around the fireplaces using songs and stories. In Uganda today, this type of environment, that nurtured such skills and provided enabling environment for positive decision-making, has gradually been disintegrating for reasons best known to all of us.
The current demands on individuals are more complex, brought about by rapid changes in the society. E.g., the world today has become a global village. These changes call for an approach that explores attitudes and values and developing life skills. Life skills provide a link between motivating factors and behavior by translating knowledge of “what to do” and the attitudes and values of what “one should do” into “abilities for how to do”.