France Éducation international, leader of a consortium of six international organisations specialised in education, signed in 2019 a framework agreement with UNICEF to work on the integration of life skills into education systems and to implement the Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) Initiative. The initiative aims to prepare the new generation for lifelong learning and the working world.
With professional experience in the integration of life skills at various levels of the education system in several countries, mainly in North Africa and the Middle East, the consortium supports countries upon request in the implementation of transversal skills by providing the most appropriate local and international expertise and precisely targeting the country’s needs.
As part of this long term agreement, a project is currently underway in Haiti. It aims to design activity booklets for children in their final year of preschool in order to support the development of their cognitive and artistic skills as defined in the curriculum.
A few programmes have already been carried out in Morocco to integrate life skills and citizenship education through extracurricular initiatives. The Moroccan Ministry of National Education has been supported by France Éducation international since 2018 to work on integrating life skills into formal curricula by revising teaching practices. The project has now to be extended to pilot secondary schools in order to develop a global approach. The aim is to develop these life skills in classes but also in schools as "micro-societies", within a consistent School Plan.
To ensure the impact and durability of the actions carried out, the consortium calls on a team of high-level experts who favour close and participative collaboration with all the stakeholders of the projects, so they can engage in the changes and learn from the inside. Every project takes into account the specific situation of the country. The framework agreement provides the opportunity to design projects adjusted to local realities answering the needs of the populations.
In this context, the consortium suggests the organisation of national or regional workshops to initiate the development of a strategic vision of life skills, centred on operational projects. These workshops will enable to reflect on the methods of integrating life skills into education systems and to identify potential projects to be developed. We will also be able to see how targeted and high-quality resources as well as digital technologies can enhance the effectiveness of the integration of transversal skills.