Life skills-based education a human right

2016-03-20 21:09

In the immediate aftermath of the arrest of Jibraeel Tajoodeen (Mohideen) concerning with conspiracy to his father’s brutal murder, social media went crazy disseminating related information. I do understand people’s curiosity for information as this is part of human nature, but to spread and forward information about the arrest via social media, is something I do not agree with. (News24, Son named in dad’s murder ttp://, 17 March).

What could have possessed Tajoodeen and his co-conspirators to commit such an evil deed is beyond comprehension. Although it’s barbaric, scary and unacceptable, we should allow the family the space to deal with the death and the arrest and not add more grief to the family’s anguishes by forwarding unverified messages via social media.

A true human being will allow the law to take its course and let the law decide the final outcome. Many of the comments that have appeared on social media are from people with no connection to the family. We should rather use our energies to pray for guidance for our children and the entire human race.

We need to ask ourselves, where are we going wrong with our youth? We need to examine our failings and mistakes, which may have led to this senseless and brutal murder. Are we providing them with the necessary problem solving and life skills to develop into responsible adults in order to live in the bigger, broader world independently?

As our children become teenagers and young adults, parents and schools must make efforts to teach certain basic life skills like: home economics, stress management skills, properly identifying problems and ways to handle it, finding and keeping a job, money management, communication skills, leadership skills and health and hygiene.

The ultimate goal of learning and teaching and parenting is for children or students to develop into responsible adults who will live conscientiously, self-sufficiently and not be reliant on their parents or others. In order to become spiritually conscious, successful and to feel confident, out in the big wide and competitive world, children must be taught life skills at home and at learning institutions.

Life skills, good manners and values have to be taught to children, it’s not something that will ‘just come’ or it will come about with maturity.

The sad reality is that many young adults enter into relationships, jobs and even marriage with no idea of how to handle or navigate it, resulting in heart-breaking consequences.


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