The importance of skill development at an early age in school education

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A child’s formative years are crucial in shaping their future. It is during these years that a solid foundation must be laid for children to grow into better and stronger individuals. School education undoubtedly plays an important role in shaping a child’s personality. When you hear the word education, most parents naturally think of academic excellence, which is undoubtedly important, but there is more to education than just that.

Today’s fast-paced world demands more than good scores and stresses the importance of learning valuable life skills. School education devoid of any opportunity to develop and improve skills does not allow children to grow into well-rounded individuals.

In addition to excelling academically, children need to learn skills that will help them improve the physical, artistic, and emotional aspects of their lives and survive in this competitive world.

The importance of skill development at an early age in school education

The list below captures the key factors that highlight the importance of holistic skill development at an early age in school education:

Improves creativity

A curriculum that incorporates skill-based learning enhances children’s creativity. Students are better able to grasp and acquire new skills at an early age; and when exposed to new experiences through skill development, they become more creative and imaginative. Schools should encourage them to engage in dancing, singing and drawing activities, as the benefits of engaging in such activities go far beyond acquiring these specific skills.

Goal-oriented education

The traditional education system has trained students to self-evaluate in terms of grades and grades. However, introducing skill-based learning at an early age prepares children for the real world that goes beyond test scores. Children develop clear goals when they have the opportunity to explore different facets of life. Most students, even after completing their studies, still do not know which career path to choose.

Indeed, they never had the chance to identify their true passion and talents and focused on just memorizing concepts without actually applying them in real life. Developing skills during school education will help children understand their strengths and weaknesses early in life. They will learn with a clear purpose instead of just focusing on passing exams and getting high marks in the short term.

The importance of skill development at an early age in school education

Encourages independent thinking

When students have multiple ways to learn, they become confident and independent individuals. Independence does not come from being aggressive with large amounts of information, but from applying concepts in the real world. A skill-building curriculum encourages children to think more deeply and solve problems independently. They develop high self-esteem because they are trained to think critically and analytically from an early age. Learning life skills naturally makes them independent thinkers and instills vital leadership skills, which will help them excel in whatever profession they choose in the future.

Accept failures with grace

Skills development and training help instill emotional maturity in students. Learning new skills requires students to be willing to experiment. By doing so, they might face setbacks and disappointments, but it will eventually prepare them to accept setbacks with grace and develop a “never give up” attitude. Students will develop a growth mindset by trying new things, failing, and continuing with persistence. Not being afraid to fail is important to succeeding in life, and children will learn this important life lesson at a young age.

The importance of skill development at an early age in school education

Contribute to the skilled workforce of tomorrow

Starting skills development in schools at an early age can have a positive impact on the overall fabric of the country’s workforce in the long run. Students easily develop employable skills when they receive a holistic education. With the latest technology that enables audio-visual learning, interactive and smart classrooms, our students have a better chance of becoming more proficient. Introducing skills development early in the curriculum simplifies the transition from student to professional; and icing on the cake, the country will have a superior workforce in the making.

The development of skills within the framework of school education is indeed important to establish a solid foundation for a prosperous future. Self-awareness, excellent communication skills, problem-solving and critical-thinking abilities are some of the important benefits of learning through a well-rounded curriculum. Children excel in several areas of their lives effortlessly, which gives them a chance to stand out from their peers. Developing skills at an early age helps children choose from a wide range of career options by early adolescence. It hones students’ minds to become more independent, culturally aware and self-confident, and contributes to the growth of the child as well as society and the nation as a whole.

Written by Rohan Parikh, President – The Green Acres Academy

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