Mould Them Young Africa Trust

Guided Life Skills

MTY Championing Life Skills

A skill is a learned ability. Life Skills are those competencies that assist people in functioning well in the environments in which they live.

Child and youth development professionals are concerned with helping children and youth become competent in the life skills that will prepare them for transition to adulthood. Seventy five percent (75%) of the MTY survey respondents indicated that they were taught how to cook, wash their clothes, sweep, water the garden, look after the cattle, milking, the list goes on. Comments under this section were “being taught these skills helped us in a great way but now looking back one wonders whether the teaching was intentional or it was just by the way. Now where I am I think more, intentional and focused training & teaching should be done. Children should be equipped with additional current functional skills including exposure to entrepreneurship”.

Using the 4-H framework or delivery format, MTY Trust plans to focus on developing skills that are healthy and productive for both children and their communities. Positive child development programs that identify skills within the five targeted competency areas that are appropriate to the age of children will be implemented practically by the children themselves because skills are best learned through practice, many experiences that teach or reinforce skills will be provided. The skills are grouped under the following competencies:

4H Guided Life Skills Package

HEAD 1H: Knowledge, Reasoning, and Creativity, Critical Thinking: using one’s mind to form ideas and make decisions; to imagine, to examine carefully in the mind, to consider. Managing: using resources to accomplish a purpose. Goal setting Planning/organizing Wise use of resources, keeping records and resiliency.

HEART 2-H: Personal/Social Competencies Relating: establishing a mutual or reciprocal connection between two people that is wholesome and meaningful to both. Caring: showing understanding, kindness, concern and affection for others. Relating Communications Cooperation Social Skills Conflict Resolution Accepting Differences Caring Concern for others Empathy Sharing Nurturing relationships

HAND 3-H: Vocational/Citizenship Competencies Giving: providing, supplying, or causing to happen (social responsibility). Working: accomplishing something or earning pay to support oneself through physical or mental effort.

HEALTH 4-H: Health/Physical Competencies Living: Acting or behaving; the manner or style of daily life. Being: living ones life; pursuing ones basic nature; involved in personal development. Living Healthy life-style choices Stress Management Disease Prevention Personal Safety Being Self Esteem Self responsibility Character Managing feelings Self Discipline.

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