211679 Health Promotion: The importance of Life Skills Education

Monday, November 9, 2009: 3:30 PM

Amanda J. Bravo, MA , Life Skills Education, Fe y Alegria Colombia, Bogota, Colombia
Josefa Ippolito-Shepherd, PhD , Public Health Scientist, Independent Professional, Washington, DC
Rosa Cristina Gonzalez Pozo, MA , Campus Puerto Montt, Universidad de Los Lagos, Puerto Montt, Chile
The successful development and implementation of a model of Life Skills Education (LSE) in Schools, led by Fe y Alegria Colombia, has inspired the open elective course “Betting on life strengthening life skills and coexistence”, offered by the Faculty of Psychology of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogota to students from all careers, who participate on a self-interest basis. The course is offered since 2007. You can learn more about this course and other activities on Health Education at http://www.javeriana.edu.co/medio/salud_integral/educacionsalud.htm

The LSE working materials of Fe y Alegria Colombia propose a competence model aimed at school settings, which includes teacher training on how to teach the 10 life skills proposed by the WHO 1993 initiative on LSE in schools, to students ranging from 10 to 15 years old. Besides the psychological theories, the model includes in its framework ethics of care and Paulo Freire's theory on popular education. The materials can be easily adapted for use with students beyond and below the age range originally targeted, and also for use in non-school or community education experiences.

The model of Fe y Alegria Colombia has also proven useful as a tool for the development of citizenship competencies as stated by the Colombian Ministry of Education. This focus was studied by a group of students of the MA in Pedagogy of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Garzon, G. et al. 2007).

This presentation will describe and discuss the status and trends of LSE and its importance to better the quality of life in academic settings.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the session: the participant will be able to define the scientific-technical concept of Health Promotion and Life Skills Education the participant will be able to describe comprehensive health programs and projects the participant will be able to formulate Life Skills Education projects

Keywords: Health Promotion, International Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Academic training and extensive professional experience.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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