Life skills


The ability and readiness to face and solve demands and challenges of everyday life.

UNESCO Thesaurus

Example of use

Ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life skills programmes is one of the six Dakar goals to achieve Education for All, as shown in Box 1. Although there is some debate on the meaning of ‘life skills’, provision of vocational skills training no doubt plays an important role in equipping young people and adults, especially those whose learning opportunities are limited, to lead more fulfilling and productive lives (Holmes and Tschanz, 2004: 19).

Holmes, K.; Tschanz, Y. 2004. Promoting skills development. Paris: UNESCO-IIEP.