Bridging the Gaps in Africa. The Americas. Asia. Europe.
This can often lead to them contributing in some way to the ongoing conflict, to unstable relations within their camp or living situation, or to the delay in reconstruction of their home country or region of origin. However, if they are given the chance to learn and practice life skills, the chances of them contributing to or assisting violence is reduced, and the likelihood that they will constructively and productively contribute to their society upon repatriation is much higher. Youth need to be economically and socially empowered so that they can play a role in the reconstruction of their societies upon return, reintegration, or permanent integration into the host community.
The integrated, holistic life skills courses that the RET provides encourage the students to become self-reliant, gain an understanding of their personal responsibilities, interact and communicate with each other and other youth, and learn to live together in harmony. In addition, the programmes provide the students with practical skills and knowledge in subjects such as numeracy, literacy, education on sexual and gender based violence (SGBV), family planning, reproductive health and basic health education (such as HIV/AIDS education). Agricultural and environmental studies are provided in some projects, and peace education is often integrated into the programmes if it is not provided separately. Critical thinking, respect for others and for oneself, increased mobility, an understanding of life in a refugee camp or settlement, as well as political and public visibility, are all fostered by Life Skills courses. The courses are designed to prevent idleness, combat social problems that result from conflict, and to assist in the general improvement of life conditions for the displaced and local youth.