Upcoming Workshop in 2018
In February 2018, Lotus will hold their third Life Skills Workshop for the the Lotus girls. The focus will be in supporting the secondary students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make responsible decisions that affect their livelihood.
The workshop presenters will travel from the UK, Australia and Thailand. It is intended that a “train the trainer”methodology will be employed to support the sustainability of the workshop content. Local and international partners will include: the Asia Foundation, Childfund.org, the University of Savannakhet, and the Laos Ministry of Education and Sport, and Sengsavang Shelter.
During the workshop a team of volunteers will work with the village community at the km 35 village to construct a water tank at Nongkalong School. This will provide water for handwashing and drinking for the 500 students in attendance.
The success of the Lotus Workshops is due to the strong partnerships between Lotus, the local community, and the generosity of our volunteers.
An excerpt from the Workshop:
“…life skills (are) not a domain, or a subject, but cross-cutting applications of knowledge, values, attitudes and skills, which are important in the process of individual development and lifelong learning. They are not just a set of skills, nor are they equal to survival skills, livelihood skills, or vocational skills but part of these skills.”
UNESCO, Report of the Inter-Agency Working Group on Life Skills in EFA, (Paris, UNESCO, 2004). Pp5
The aim of the Empowering Girls Toolkit is to promote the following abilities:
- Enable girls to make positive health changes in their lives
- To enable girls to make informed decisions about their lives
- To enable girls recognise and avoid risky health situations and behaviors.
Categories of life skills Skills of knowing and living with oneself:
- Self-awareness: knowing one’s strength, weaknesses, emotional potential and position in life and being able to accept who you are.
- Self-esteem: accepting and being proud of oneself.
- Coping with emotions: the ability to control feelings in response to internal or external stimuli. Emotions include fear, love, shyness and desire to be accepted.
- Coping with stress: Ability to deal with problems such as; lack of a family, broken relationship, death of close friend or relative, lack of food, police harassment and not to use drugs.
- Assertiveness: Knowing what one wants and how to get without being aggressive.
- Friendship formation: Being able to get people who will be mutually beneficial in a positive way.
- Empathy: Putting oneself in some other person’s position or shoes.
- Non-violent conflict resolution: Consider options, which yield best possible results without using violence.
- Peer resistance: Resisting negative peer pressure without necessarily losing your friends
- Negotiation: Ability to bargain without them feeling that you have infringed on their rights
- Effective Communication: Being able to come up with new ways and ideas of doing things or overcoming situations.