About the Programme
Launched in 2011, the Programme aims to provide mid-late teenagers with critical life skills in financial literacy, sustaining positive and healthy relationships, and career and life planning. The Programme also offers parent and teacher workshops to ensure a strong support network is in place for our teen participants.
Many critical life skills are neither addressed within the school curriculum nor at home. The outcomes are evidenced by rising debt and excessive consumption amongst teens, anorexia and eating disorders, juvenile drug abuse, increased teen pregnancies and compensated dating.
The Life Skills Programme aims to provide adolescent girls and boys with financial literacy training and a greater sense of financial responsibility, guidance in positive well-being and healthy relationships, as well as career and life planning to empower them to reach their full potential. Our long-term objective is for the Programme to be incorporated as part of the regular school curriculum.
Our 2011-2012 pilot Programme targeted 400 Form 3 and 4 students from three schools and expanded to 2,000 Form 3 to Form 6 students from ten schools in 2012-13 school year, followed by 3,000 Form 3 to Form 5 students from fifteen schools in 2013-14. Additionally, we also launched our series of workshops reaching about 1,000 teachers, parents and social workers. Over the course of the academic year, students participated in 6-10 hour-long workshops integrated into the school curriculum and extra-curricular initiatives.
Building on our current successful experience, the Programme will operate in another three year cycle with the addition of our training kits for students and teachers, as well as an e-learning platform to be launched in the third year, we will reach a much larger population through this built-in sustainable model.
Providing Skills That Allow Youth to Flourish
The Women’s Foundation’s Life Skills Programme has touched the lives of over 7,000 students, parents and teachers. The report captured the key learnings from the first three years of the Programme and examined critical issues facing by youth today, facilitated interventions, and the outcomes. Most importantly, the report also highlighted important messages and learnings for the community at large.