Life Skills Programme
Born in Africa’s life skills programme intends to expose Born in Africa children to the broader environment outside of their normal daily routine. The goal is to transfer basic or necessary skills to become well rounded, independent young adults.
Background & Challenges
Children in the Born in Africa program come from poor and disadvantaged communities, which leave them with little possibilities to broaden their view and experience their environment.
Because of the harsh living conditions, there is little room for children to be a child since they are asked to help out with household activities and to help taking care of their younger siblings. The limited after-school activities or sports clubs that exist in the area are not easily accessible for these children because of the distance and/or the money that is needed to participate.
It is of vital importance that children get to know the world in order to have a realistic image of what lies ahead in their future. Knowing what possibilities they might have and what they need to do to reach their potential is key. If children are excluded from developing their creative skills or discovering their hidden talents, they fall prey to apathy and become prone to abuse.
There is enough awareness as to the importance of developing “soft skills’ in schools, but unfortunately, the schools lack funding to take up this role and take the children on outings or educational trips.