Life Skills are defined as those skills needed by an individual so that he or she can function effectively in society in an active and constructive way.
The formal education system prioritizes knowledge of other aspects, believing that an increase in knowledge will lead to positive changes in attitudes and behaviours, while leaving Life Skills Education out of the picture. The public’s opinion upon the inclusion of Life Skills as a subject in high schools was gathered through a research conducted in the Western Balkans.
On June 30, 2020, Be a Man Club in Kosovo presented these datas in the center of Pristina, at “Skenderbeu” square. Citizens of all ages stopped by as Be a Man Club and its members presented the results from the research through an activity called “Polling Research Street Action”. Out of 400 high school students, 99% rated drug prevention and alcohol abuse as the most important educational topic, while out of 700 respondents, 90% rated gender equality as the most important topic. These are just some of the results from the study that the citizens witnessed as they passed by the “Skenderbeu” square in Prishtina. The important results that were shown grabbed the audience’s attention on the first sight, as some of them came close and asked for more information.
The data of this research were gathered through May-June 2019 with a total of 2500 young people, parents, teachers, professionals, NGO representatives, media representatives, and employers. The questionnaire used asked the respondents about their opinion on education for life skills and whether this type of education is necessary for young people and a mandatory part of the formal education in schools.
This activity was held within the project “Men and Boys as Partners in Promoting Gender Equality and the Prevention of Youth Extremism and Violence in the Balkans”, implemented by CARE International Balkans in partnership with SIT – Center for Counseling, Social Services and Research and YMCA in Kosovo and supported by Austrian Development Agency, and Oak Foundation. This activity will be held in cooperation with Youth for Exchange and Understanding International as well.