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What does it take to thrive in a world with HIV and AIDS, conflict, violence, and gender and ethnic discrimination? The challenges children and young people regularly face are many, and require more than even the best numeracy and literacy skills. That is why the 164 nations committed to Education For All (external) have included "life skills" as a basic learning need for all young people.
Around the world, Life Skills-Based Education (LSBE) is being adopted as a means to empower young people in challenging situations. LSBE refers to an interactive process of teaching and learning which enables learners to acquire knowledge and to develop attitudes and skills which support the adoption of healthy behaviours. It is also a critical element in UNICEF's definition of quality education.
This web site showcases promising examples of life skills-based education around the world, catalogues studies that have evaluated skills-based programmes, and provides practical tools and materials for those ready to implement life skills-based education for: HIV/AIDS prevention; Health Education; Human Rights and Social Issues; and Violence Prevention, Peace Building and Education for Development.
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