There is a thin line between education and skills development. Education needs to be skill- based along with knowledge-based. The will to learn in the right manner needs to be inculcated in children. Education needs to be beyond the world of books. In today’s constantly changing environment, it is the practical approach towards a situation and how well it is handled that truly counts. Having life skills is an essential part of being able to overcome challenges. The development of life skills helps students to look at the problem objectively. From childhood, students must be encouraged to be creative and explore options. Dependency on teachers and parents should be curtailed.
Students must develop interpersonal skills by learning to be around other students, participating in group activities, theatre, sports etc. This ensures an overall development of a child. The type of skill developed education provided to children shall eventually determine their ability to be self-reliant, develop an agility and adaptability to different environments. Honing a child’s skills from an early age is imperative. Talent is innate but skills are acquired. Skill training focuses on identifying and nurturing the inherent potential of a child. Emphasis needs to be on qualitative aspect besides just focusing on theoretical knowledge. Developing reasoning ability and a positive approach to problem-solving is a fluid and ongoing process and the best way is to work with children from an early age.
Our mainstream education system needs to ensure that there is an ongoing process that skills workforce while instilling competency and confidence in the students. The modern world calls for an improved kind of education in which the focus is deep understanding, information management skills and creative analysis.
Imagination and skills encircle the world