New Delhi: Skillizen Learning Foundation, a Singapore headquartered global socio-educational company, has launched “International Life Skills Olympiad (ILSO)” for 2018-19. This is the world’s 1st Olympiad that tests young citizens on Life Skills and will be held online on the 27th of January 2019.
Aimed at school children from Grade III to XII, ILSO is a global online test that will be based on the Skillizen Curriculum, the world’s 1st Critical Life Skills Curriculum. This curriculum follows a unique method that transfers the most practical Life Skills in such a manner, that even an 8-year-old can playfully master those skills.
The registration lines for ISLO is live, with a nominal registration fee of USD 7.99 or INR 490/-. This is the first Olympiad in which besides schools, parents can also directly enroll their children online. Home schooled children can also participate.
Launching the Life Skills Olympiad, Mr. Sidharth Tripathy, Founder & CEO, Skillizen Olympiad Foundation says, “The children of 21st century need a whole range of critical Life skills to engage, manage and lead the world. When children grow-up and join the workforce, we often find organizations complaining that Indian students might be bright, having passed through one of the toughest educational curriculums in the world, but they are mostly not employable. Critical Life Skills are extremely essential to convert the children into responsible citizens and successful individuals.”
This unique life skills test will focus on assessing skills and competencies that are essential for young children of 21st century to lead their personal and professional lives. The questions of ILSO 2018-19 will be based on real life scenarios that will test the young students on their application of critical life skills like leadership, ethics, teamwork, communications, empathy, goal setting and many more.
“Life skills are a set of skills that enable us to lead our life to its fullest potential; skills that we all need to effectively manage the challenges of everyday life, be it at school, at work or in our personal lives. Our objective is not to prepare kids for the next grade or educational level but for the real world. School children are always comparing themselves against their classmates or at best with other children in their own school. While preparing for this test, young minds from grade III-XII will be able to acquire new Life Skills and compare their skills levels against the smartest children across 100+ countries. Participation in ILSO will perhaps be their first step to become a global citizen,” says Mr. Sidharth Tripathy.
It is normally believed that we acquire life skills as we grow up. However, during his research work at Harvard University in 2011, Mr. Tripathy concluded that human brain can most effectively acquire critical life skills only during its hardwiring phase, which is between 6 to 16 years.
“The research findings were eye-opening and it has led to the birth of Skillizen, World’s first Critical Life Skills Curriculum with a mission to create ‘Citizens with the Right Skills’. Today we are looking forward to integrate a Life Skills Curriculum that would help students to acquire and apply skills such as Communication Skills, Teamwork, Leadership, Critical Thinking, Smart Consumer Literacy, and many more parallel to our educational system,” Mr. Sidharth Tripathy says.
The main prizes for the winners of ILSO would include free ticket to visit Harvard University in USA, mini iPads and Kindles. Besides the top prizes, there are assured prizes for all participants.