Strengthening Life Skills for Positive Youth Health Behaviour: An Overview and Discussion Paper

Strengthening Life Skills for Positive Youth Health Behaviour: An Overview and Discussion Paper

Date: 
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Type: 
Flagship publications and book series
Abstract

Life skills education, using the peer-to-peer approach, can effectively promote youth health and protect young people from HIV, drugs, sexual abuse and other threats.

This publication draws on experiences, lessons learned and recommendations from the 2005-2009 UNESCAP project “Strengthening Life Skills for Positive Youth Health Behaviour”, which was implemented in Cambodia, China, Philippines and Sri Lanka. A youth-centred approach is adopted, with emphasis on psychological factors, social interaction and how to empower young people, especially out-of-school youth, with essential life skills to better deal with the many challenges they face in their daily lives.

Wider socio-structural issues are addressed and key elements are put forward to help develop innovative and creative programmes and move Asia and the Pacific away from ineffective and costly single-problem focused strategies.

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