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Life Skills Collaborative (LSC)

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Mainstreaming Life Skills in the Indian Education System.

Life skills in young people are linked to growth in academic outcomes and improved mental and social health. LSC is driving collaborative action, bringing together funders, NGOs and government to mainstream life skills in India. We are building a shared vocabulary for life skills and developing contextual assessments to inform system change in India.

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August 2023
LSC is driving collaborative action to mainstream life skills in the Indian education system. In the long term, LSC aspires to see a standardised vocabulary, robust assessment tools and the voices of young people on life skills, generate India-specific evidence to enable funders, NGOs and government, to build a life skills-focused learning ecosystem in India, so that young people can thrive.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

Lack of contextualized life skills for India impedes large scale adoption by funders & governments. The absence of collaborative effort has resulted in a dearth of holistic solutions & fractured vocabulary. No clear measure of effectiveness of initiatives results in lack of India-specific evidence of impact. LSC is driving collaborative action for a life skills-focused learning ecosystem in India.

What does your innovation look like in practice?

LSC has 18 organisations & 4 state governments driving collaborative action on life skills in India, focused on 3 key solutions -
1) A Glossary to standardise the vocabulary of life skills. It is available in 4 languages, and has definitions and skills in action for 52 skills. The Glossary has been downloaded 750+ times and is being widely used.
2) 4 scientific & contextual assessment tools developed as public goods for 3 stakeholders - to measure social & emotional well-being and future readiness in adolescents, teachers' ability to transact life skills & the system readiness to implement a life skills program. These tools are helping gather scientific evidence on life skills across 4 states in India.
3) LSC brought 60+ organisations on an LSNet forum that meets quarterly and had over 500 individuals join across 7 sessions held so far. Data from over 60k+ young people, parents & teachers has also been captured across 14 states on their perceptions and understanding of life skills.

How has it been spreading?

LSC Glossary is available in 4 languages, has been downloaded 750+ times and has more than 31k+ views. It is being used by organisations which have a global impact. The Glossary will be translated into new Indian languages to make it more contextual. The LSC assessment tools are validated in 4 states with 40,000 adolescents, 1000 teachers and 100 government officials have been administered to 160K+ adolescents & 2000 teachers between Jan-Mar 2023. Data from 60k+ young people & parents are currently being collected from across 14 states in India and non-LSC member organisations have also joined this initiative. In the coming years, LSC will create public goods to help take the conversations on life skills to the community.

If I want to try it, what should I do?

LSC has made its tools available as public goods. The assessment tools & Glossary are accessible from the website.
The assessment tools can be requested from - https://lifeskillscollaborative.in/assessments-tools/.
The LSC Glossary is available at - https://lifeskillscollaborative.in/glossary/
For support to adapt LSC solutions, write to - talktous@lifeskillscollaborative.in

Impact & scalability

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This initiative stands out due to its well-established life skills framework, including a comprehensive glossary, contextual assessment, and a strong focus on understanding.
The open-source information that creators make available makes this innovation scalable within the world's most populated country and around the world. It uses local languages of India and is easily accessed online.
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Life Skills Collaborative is featured in the Learning Planet Alliance report as one of 11 innovative learning ecosystems in the Global South. The report highlights the power of collaboration and our commitment to holistic development and diversified learning opportunities as well as equipping the youth with the necessary life skills to thrive in an ever-changing world. Link- http://bit.ly/3DCcnvq
Press Release- Life Skills Collaborative Launched to Champion Life Skills for India's Young People Link- https://theasianchronicle.com/press-release/?c_article_id=18096&c_author_id=16335&type=old&originurl=https%3a%2f%2ftheasianchronicle.com%2fpress-release%2f
Talking life skills with Geeta Goel from Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India, LLP and Rukmini Banerji, CEO, Pratham Education Foundation - The CSR Journal
Talking life skills with Geeta Goel from Michael & Susan Dell Foundation India, LLP and Rukmini Banerji, CEO, Pratham Education Foundation Link- https://thecsrjournal.in/life-skills-geeta-goel-dell-foundation-india-rukmini-banerji-pratham/
Life Skills Collaborative launches India's first Life Skills Glossary
Life Skills Collaborative launches India's first Life Skills Glossary Link- https://www.business-standard.com/content/press-releases-ani/life-skills-collaborative-launches-india-s-first-life-skills-glossary-121112501027_1.html
LifeSkillsNet Session 6 | Building Assessments for Life Skills in India
LifeSkillsNet Session 5 | Building Partnerships for Life Skills in India Link-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9xefPxq2q4
The Efficacy of Using the LSC India Glossary - Insights from Curriculum For Life
The Efficacy of Using the LSC India Glossary - Insights from Curriculum For Life Link- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9UgUmscDlo
LSC Launches the the LSC India Glossary of Life Skills in Hindi, Marathi and Mizo
The importance of life skills today, and why students need to develop them Link-https://bit.ly/3HxLEm6

Implementation steps

Innovation in Brief.
Implementing the LSC's Glossary, Assessments & Voices data provides significant benefits to organizations and governments working to develop life skills in their communities. The Glossary offers a standardized vocabulary for life skills, the assessment tools enable measurement for evidence creation on the gaps that exist in the Life Skills ecosystem for students, teachers and the system; while Voices data can be used by the ecosystem in their interventions. Annual Report- https://bit.ly/3Nncj93
Using the LSC Glossary
1) Map the life skills content for their organisation with the definitions of the Glossary. 2) Use the definitions in the curriculum and content that they use. 3) Train and inform their teachers and trainers on the free-to-use Glossary to ensure all teachers and trainers have a common understanding of these life skills. Glossary Page- https://lifeskillscollaborative.in/glossary/ Example of Glossary Use- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u9UgUmscDlo
Using the LSC Assessments
1) Select a representative sample of students from the larger group of students (11 to 18 years) for the adolescent tool and a representative sample of teachers from the larger group of teachers 2) Deploy the assessments (online/offline) with the representative sample 3) Use the results from the assessment undertaken to create evidence for the life skills ecosystem for adolescents and teachers 4) Inform the life skills programming based on evidence captured Link- https://bit.ly/3NqzY8o
Using the LSC Voices data
1) Use the LSC voices tool to capture data on the perception and understanding of life skills by young people, parents and teachers. 2) Generate an evidence-based understanding of life skills by analysing diverse trends and incorporating qualitative inputs related to culture, geography, and gender. 3) Incorporate the data for research and consultation workshops with government agencies for life skills. Voices Phase 1 Insights Report- https://bit.ly/428dPQs

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