The Life Skills Program was started at The AMI School as a part of our Holistic Approach to Education. In definition Holistic Education means to address the physical, emotional, relational, intellectual, creative and spiritual needs.
One thinks of education in more general terms; usually one’s train of thought is restricted to school, books and academic success. The AMI School wanted to break the norm and introduce a progressive vision that propagates the belief that cognitive skills gained through core academic coursework are critical, but it is equally important for children to develop the social and emotional skills during their formative years for lifelong success – skills best learned through a well-rounded, “holistic” curriculum that promotes the EQ of our students as well as their IQ.
IQ (Intelligence Quotient)
Cognitive abilities through vocabulary, reading comprehension and retention, reasoning.
EQ (Emotional Quotient)
Self-awareness, discipline, motivation and social skills. The Life Skills Program was designed with the intent to make it culturally engaging and beneficial. The program is evolving and changing in nature. The courses are added keeping interest, value and practicality in mind.
One very important consideration was the realization that our students lack opportunities to explore activities out of the school and its curriculum mostly due to the socio political issues of the city resulting in a disconnect that is not only environmental, but also affects ones decision making and survival skills. Almost all of our Life Skills courses promote and stress the significance of teamwork or working in groups which is beneficial for overall communication, problem solving and peer to peer interaction.
Numerous studies have laid emphasis on the importance of EQ stating that emotional intelligence predicts future success in relationships, health and quality of life by creating mentally healthy well rounded personalities. These factors not only improve academic performance, but also help in eradicating the fear of failure. Hence, creating a mindset that enables the belief that anything and everything is achievable as long as one strives for it.