07 May Life Skills
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.
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
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.