Some examples of topics for Life Skills training include:
- HIV and Aids
- Gender based violence
- Economic Empowerment (how to save money, ways to make money etc.)
- Children’s rights
- Peer pressure
- Health and Nutrition
- Conflict resolution
- Building friendships
- Community and personal safety
Consider partnering with another organization in your area that delivers basic life skills already and has trained facilitators to do so. If that organization itself cannot provide facilitators, explore the possibility of getting your facilitators trained on a particular curriculum.
There are several different ways you can approach the idea of life skills sessions:
- The sessions can be discussion based, activity based, debate style, or a combination of styles.
- Discussion and games can also be integrated directly into sports/boxing sessions, reserving 20 minutes at the end of boxing training to discuss a certain theme or play a game that reflects the ideas of the theme. If you choose to do so you should also separate one or one hour and a half sessions once a week in addition to sports sessions.
If you are working with a mixed gender group, try to have a male and female facilitator at all times if possible. For more sensitive topics that might be culturally inappropriate to discuss with the opposite gender, split the groups up and hold separate discussions. This is also a great opportunity to bring in experts, professionals and certified counsellors to help discuss topics that could benefit from their expertise. This also encourages community involvement and partnership building.
- Discussion sessions: Facilitators use prompts to spark conversation about a particular topic
- Role play: Facilitators (or participants themselves) create specific situations in which girls can practice playing different roles and making different decisions
- Debates: Facilitators introduce a topic and have girls take a stand and defend their opinion on a certain topic