The Life Skills E-Handbook (in digital format only) provides advice and active learning activities for teaching life skills to young people. It supports and guides all people who plan, manage, teach or work on formal and non-formal education programmes. It can be adapted and used in different cultural contexts worldwide.

The Life Skills E-Handbook can be used with children and young people aged 8-16. Some activities need to be adapted. Many people adapt the activities to use with adult groups too.

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The Table of Contents

Introduction: The purpose of this handbook

  • How to use this book
  • Definitions
  • Life skills and children’s rights

Section One: What are life skills and why are they important?

  • What are life skills?
  • The needs of children and young people
  • How life skills help
  • Organising life skills programmes

Section Two: Planning, managing and implementing a life skills programme

  • Introducing a lifeskills programme
  • Planning a life skills programme
  • How to organise the order of topics
  • Planning an individual life skills session
  • Approaches to teaching
  • Tips and tools for life skills educators
  • Training for life skills educators

Section Three: Life skills Activities

In this section there are 61 Activity sessions divided into three parts:

  • Part One: where are we now?
  • Part Two: moving forward
  • Part Three: endings and beginnings

PART ONE: Where Are We Now?

Self Awareness

  • Activity 1: special me
  • Activity 2: my place on the tree
  • Activity 3: the timeline

Identity factors

  • Activity 4: What are identity factors?
  • Activity 5: making changes easier using our identity factors

Influences

  • Activity 6: what is my network of relationships?
  • Activity 7: adverts and media

Friendships

  • Activity 8: what is a friend?
  • Activity 9: being a friend
  • Activity 10: circles of friendship
  • Activity 11: resolving conflicts in a friendship
  • Activity 12: negotiating roles and responsibilities in a group

Communication Activities

  • Activity 13: missing the message
  • Activity 14: body language
  • Activity 15: mime the lie
  • Activity 16: I see. Do you see?
  • Activity 17: drawing together
  • Activity18: listening well
  • Activity 19: you and I
  • Activity 20: how assertive are you?
  • Activity 21: negotiation
  • Activity 22: saying no
  • Activity 23: fight and flight

PART TWO: Moving Forward

Rights

  • Activity 24: rights and responsibilities

Problem-solving

  • Activity 25: identifying our problems
  • Activity 26: what risks do we take and why?

Decision-making

  • Activity 27: the three C’s in decision-making
    Activity 28: practising making decisions

Taking Harmful Substances

  • Activity: 29: what do I think about substance abuse
  • Activity 30: responsibility and consequences (drugs and alcohol)
  • Activity 31: peer pressure
  • Activity 32: avoiding risks

Sexuality

  • Activity 33: let’s talk about it
  • Activity 34: love and sex
  • Activity 35: the myths
  • Activity 36 bad touch
  • Activity 37: fleet of hope
  • Activity 38: islands of the future

Behaviour that Hurts

  • Activity 39: what makes me angry?
  • Activity 40: what happens to us when we get angry
  • Activity 41: helping to sort out conflict
  • Activity 42: spiralling into trouble

Discrimination

  • Activity 43: gender roles in society and in the group
  • Activity 44: coping with discrimination

PART THREE: Our Future

Goal Setting

  • Activity 45: returning to the tree of life
  • Activity 46: setting short term goals
  • Activity 47: reaching the goal

A Stronger Me

  • Activity 48: resisting pressure using SWISH
  • Activity 49: preparing for the unexpected

Coping with Emotions

  • Activity 50: emotional pressure
  • Activity 51: attack and avoid
  • Activity 52: stress
  • Activity 53: fear and courage
  • Activity 54: breaking the cycle of hurt

Preparation for Relationships

  • Activity 55: long term, intimate relationships
  • Activity 56: the job of being a parent

Endings and Beginnings

  • Activity 57: making a stronger me
  • Activity 58: where am I now?
  • Activity 59: my timeline/lifeline
  • Activity 60: my new network
  • Activity 61: moving on

Games and closing activities