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The urgency

18%

Of people who have experienced abuse are likely to have serious mental health challenges, primary among them being psychosis

53%

Is the dropout rate between Grade I to Grade X. In other words, literacy doesn’t always translate into being world-ready

50%

Of employers in India say that skills shortage is a leading reason for entry level vacancies

20%

Of India’s population is adolescent. About 243 million youth will be actively looking for a job in a scarce employment market

The Solution

What are life skills

Life skills are abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.

In particular, life skills are a group of psychosocial competencies and interpersonal skills that help people make informed decisions, solve problems, think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, build healthy relationships, empathize with others, and cope with and manage their lives in a healthy and productive manner.

Dream a Dream works with young people from vulnerable backgrounds, who experience extreme adversity in their daily lives. Adversity affects their ability to engage with the world, make healthy life choices and be successful. Life skills then becomes a critical ingredient in their repertory to help navigate challenges and flourish.

Unlocking Teacher’s Potential to Empower Nation’s Youth

Manasvi*, a 7-year old girl would often come late to school. Tired with this constant behaviour, her teacher would either not allow her to enter the…

04-07-16

Childhood, Adversity and the Urgency of Life-skills

What can happen when a young, 11-year old boy is kept under police’s observation for a week for stealing a toy bicycle? *Mahesh, a bright and…

28-06-16

Legislative Brief: Juvenile Justice Act 2015

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 (referred to as JJ Act 2015 or The Act in this brief) addresses children in conflict…

17-06-16

Policy Brief- National Curriculum Framework and Life Skills

The policy brief on National Curriculum Framework 2005 and Life Skills examines how the framework supports building life skills in children. The latter part of the…

17-06-16

BookASmile - Creating smiles for miles

Navnita, Harshitha, Manoj, and Arbaz our young football stars are all set to take the world on in Lyon, France at the Street Football World Festival,…

01-06-16

Social Innovation Mapping

Social Innovation Mapping: Entrepreneurial Patterns for the Future of Learning

25-02-16

Co-creating the future at CTS 2016

I am back at my desk after being part of a superlative experience at #ChangeTheScript (CTS 2016), a two-day international conference hosted by Dream a Dream…

19-01-16

Reflections on the Kolar Camp

The entire experience at the Life Skills Camp for young people was extremely positive and enriching. The enthusiasm, friendly nature and keenness to support each other…

12-01-16