Traditional and cultural values through life skills education
Agila V, Jayachithra J
This article describes the Traditional and Cultural values through Life Skills Education. Life skills are behaviors that allow individuals to get used to and deal well with the demands and challenges of life. Life skills education provides important tools for the overall development of students such as how to socialize and make new friends, decision-making skills to handle any situation (dealing with a bully, personal insecurities, or any other fear) especially when parents and teachers are not around. It helps students build their confidence and be more communicative, recognize the impact of their own actions. Education is considered to be the most powerful instrument in bringing about changes within an individual. On one hand, education acculturates an individual; on the other hand, it preserves, transmits and develops the tradition and culture of the society. It can be stated that education and culture are mutually interdependent, complementary and supplementary in all their aspects and activities. Thus, the relationship between education and culture are indissoluble. Life skills play an important role in man’s life. Awareness regarding various kinds of life skills can help an individual in adjusting to the natural and social environment, developing an individual’s personality, socialization of the individual, proper use of freedom, and understanding other traditional and cultural values. Educational aspects and cultural aspects are imparted to an individual through their families, communities and the educational institutions. Taking into consideration the significance of culture and the role played by education in the socialization and the acculturation of an individual, it is meaningful to analyze the changes that have taken shape in our culture.