Schools in India typically adopt an academic-centric model of education and learning is confined only to classrooms. However, there are schools which are an exception to this, and such schools have realized that education should not be only about gathering information, which will recede the learning process, but should be about life-changing skills training in the curriculum. Giving students wide options at a younger age gives them the opportunity to explore and learn things beyond textbooks and classrooms.
It is a process that helps children build a stronger foundation for a thriving future on the academic as well as professional front. Skill and vocation-based learning as recommended by the National Education Policy (2020) enables wide variety of learning capacities and incorporation of qualities that will help students handle the real world. Let us examine a few advantages of skill-based training at school:
Boosts creativity in students
In skill-based learning, students are pushed to think out of the box and innovate to find new ways to approach problems. Students are better able to grasp and learn new skills at an early age and they become more imaginative when exposed to a whole new range of experiences. Schools need to focus not only on academic learning, but skill-based learning as well which happens when children are exposed to projects, workshops and activities that make them holistic personalities for the future.