Discourse on improved education quality in India has typically focused on increasing student scores in core subjects such as reading, math and science. It is increasingly clear, however, that students equipped with life skills – academic mindsets and character skills (that, for instance, allow them to make responsible decisions, set goals, self-regulate, empathise with others and work collaboratively) – are more likely to succeed in and contribute to the society they live in. Moreover, there is a strong evidence base demonstrating that cognitive skills and life skills are complementary in influencing socio-economic outcomes, and that building such skills can be life-changing for children from low-income backgrounds.
In light of the challenges of school education in India and the requirements of the 21st century, it has become increasingly important for us to understand these life skills, learning mindsets and abilities that children should be equipped with.
CSF has undertaken extensive efforts to explore the development of life skills education within India and abroad. This has led us to actively interact with schools, entrepreneurs, researchers, policy makers and foundations invested in building life skills in children, learn more about their innovative work and understand their challenges.