The program was built with the aim of establishing a good platform for children to develop 21st century skills. But in saying this, how can we ensure that every child benefits from it? If you're not familiar with 21st Century skills, don't worry. I wasn't either. But let's focus on one here which is Communication Skills.

I write this as an intern for Cedarwood and can’t help but state the fact that the difference I see in kids attending Cedarwood courses is significant. This article may be fit as a testimonial for Cedarwood but it’s a bit long to be one.

Growing up, we didn’t have a category of 21st century skills but in today’s world, building and developing these is important. One of the most important ones (not that the others aren’t) but one that helps build the basic foundation of 21st century skills is communication skills.

Communication skills form the basis for an individual to flourish in society. It is the art of expressing your thoughts, opinions, ideas and feelings in a way that is effective and easy to understand. So when your child is able to convince you that a particular toy is a must have for her/him, those are communication skills working properly. Just kidding.

Building communication skills is not a course but in fact, a practice. It takes conversing with children (which is rather an obvious one) and putting in effort to help some break the shy ones out of their shells while still maintaining their individual personalities.

According to an article by Accenture, in the US, Empathy and Support workers, such as nurses and psychiatrists, represent the largest single share of employment in the entire economy. Our research highlights that these roles are highly augmentable. Sixty-four percent of their work time could be potentially augmented, and 14 percent might be augmented within the next ten years. As this happens, we can expect an increase in demand for these roles, as much as 1.4 million workers. With the right skilling investments, the prize is there for the taking.

In an environment where children have to talk with not just their peers and friends but also people of various ages, that’s where communication skills come into play. Conversing with people in a manner that doesn’t seem forced and is easy proves to be beneficial as the child learns what it’s like to have an engaging conversation. While directly or indirectly building their communication skills, children also learn how to listen to another individual’s opinion and react to these appropriately whenever necessary. They understand the importance of respecting someone else’s opinion while also taking a stand of their own wherever necessary.

I hope this article helps get my point across and if it does, it’s a validation for my communication skills.