Anything for us without us is not for us - Child Marriage is a human rights violation (Part 3)

    What is Life Skills Education?

    Life skills education is a form of education that focuses on cultivating personal life skills such as self-reflection, critical thinking, problem solving and interpersonal skills. It aims to help children reach their full personal potentials and to prepare them for the challenges of everyday life.

    The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) linked life skills to education. It stated that education should enable a child reach their full potential. Life skills-based education is therefore a methodology used to address a variety of issues of child development and thematic responses including as expressed in UNGASS on HIV/AIDS (2001), UNGASS on Children (2002), World Program for Human Rights Education (2004), UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (2005), UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence Against Children (2006), and the World Development Report (2007) and in this instance, issues around Child Marriages.

    In literature, the effectiveness of the Life skills Education approach has been highlighted, as being, as a result of the following:

    • The teacher (facilitator) uses the participatory and interactive approach which promotes reflection in the learning process
    • It adapts to culturally appropriate and relevant gender learning sensitive activities
    • It encourages appropriate exercises and activities that take into cognisance a child’s stage in their development

    Life skills education has been proven to help children to:

    • Gain knowledge on a specific subject hence able to make informed safe decisions.
    • Cultivate positive values and attitudes among children
    • Help children to avoid risky situations and behaviours at school or in the community (This project acknowledges that risky situations and behaviour can occur at four spheres, individual, family, societal and the school environment).
    • Equip the children with the following skills, critical thinking, problem solving, self-management, communication and inter-personal skills.

    Specific AIMS of this guide, Let them Bloom

    Africa Women Filmmakers Trust has adopted the Life Skills approach and blended with the participatory video techniques in contributing to ending child marriages. The teachers guide, Let them bloom, enhances the facilitation skills of the teachers which empowers and motivates them to engage with the leaner’s using this tool. It also enlightens the teachers on the following issues:

    • International, regional and national frameworks focusing on child (marriages) rights
    • National institutions and their role in combating child marriages
    • The dynamics of early marriages
    • Comprehend the contents of the video series, Let Them Bloom
    • Understand the principles governing marriage
    • Prepare relevant interventions

    Both the videos and the teachers guide will be available online and individuals and facilitators are free to use them to enhance their work on ending child marriages. Africa Women Filmmakers Trust ( looks forward to hear about how you are using these resources and how it will be impacting your work.

    The Future

    Africa Women Filmmakers Trust acknowledges that some of the teachers responsible for teaching Life Skills might not have these skills themselves hence the need to train a core group and encourage the training to cascade down from the National to the Provincial to the district Cluster and hence reach approximately 130 000 teachers in about 9 500 primary and secondary schools in all the provinces of the country. This will enhance their capacity to impact life skills focusing on ending child marriages to more than four and half million learners.

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Africa Women Filmmakers Trust works to advance gender equality and justice through the use of information and communication technologies by facilitating
content production and dissemination that supports girls, women and disadvantaged communities to take informed choices.