Passport: Skills for Life
Passport: Skills for Life is a new programme that teaches coping and social skills to 9-11 year-olds. It encourages children to:
- cope better with everyday problems
- ask for, offer and accept help
- learn from each other
- help others without competing
- think for themselves
Passport is based on the same theoretical principles as Zippy’s Friends and Apple’s Friends, and works well as a follow-up to the earlier programmes. However, it is also effective with children who have not taken part in either of them.
Passport introduces the class to Olya and Milo, who journey into a magical world with Elly the dragon, their story depicted through comic-strip illustrations. Through discussion, a variety of activities and role-playing with a giant board game, the class learns strategies for dealing with difficult situations in everyday life.
The 17 sessions are divided into five modules:
- Difficult situations
- Fairness, equity and what is right
- Change and loss
The programme ends with a review of all that has been learnt, and rounds off with a celebration.
Passport is going through the final stages of development and will be available in the near future.