Vocational Skills being "poor cousin" of Life Skills!
We should stop treating "vocational education/skills" as a poor cousin of "life skills". Vocational education is one more medium through which life skills can be imparted similar to sports, drama, drawing or any other form of applied art.
If one learns gardening, not only the young student is learning the gardening along with academic concepts of botany and the earth science in very applied manner but also the student is learning how to take responsibility to water the plant at the required interval, handle failure since all the plants may not bear fruit, and how to do more with less as sometime enough soil or enough water may not be available. She/He is also learning team work and collaborative approach as not everything can be done alone. She/He can learn lessons in entrepreneurship by selling the vegetables or fruits grown as part of the gardening. Hence, it is necessary to change the narrative and the perception around vocational education which largely focuses only on the vocational skills but not on the life skills.
Of course, the question remains, how does one measure this and what framework can we fit this into? I agree, in today's world with focus on the impact (and very rightly so given the scarcity of resources), if something can not be measured, it has not happened.
The picture below shows how happy students are when we combine academic learning with applied learning (no impact assessment needed there !)
We invite the Facebook community to share your views and any ideas/tools around how to measure imparting life skills as part of vocational education are most welcome!
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