Association for the Development of Life Skills

National Network

9, Ikaron Street

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Organisation Type
Non-Governmental Organization
Year of Establishment
Fields of Activity
  1. Human rights
  2. Youth and education
General Information
The Association for the Development of Life Skills is a non-governmental, non-profit organization based in Limassol, Cyprus. The Association is led by a Board of Directors. There are no permanent, paid staff. The management and administrative tasks are performed by the Board members on a voluntary basis or on a paid basis depending on the implemented projects. The Association was founded in 2004 by a group of teachers and parents who wanted to contribute to the provision of personal development opportunities and was formally approved in 2006. Since then, the number of its members has grown steadily and includes people working and active in different fields. To date, the Association has around 500 registered members.
Mission and Objectives

The Association aims to offer young people and adults opportunities for personal development in the areas of Emotional Intelligence (eg. selfaAwareness, self-control, self-esteem), Interpersonal Skills (Communication Skills, Respect for Diversity, Empathy, Acceptance, Cooperation, Love) and Learning/Teaching Skills (Learning to Learn, Thinking, Brain Functioning).

Main Projects / Activities

- Organizing seminars, lectures and Life Skills development workshops for adults.
- Organizing events and team-building workshops to develop skills in children and young persons.
- Training teachers, parents and other stakeholders to use non-formal and active learning methods in the development of Life Skills
- Collaboration with schools, local bodies, organizations and associations of Cyprus.
- Cooperation with educational institutions and institutions abroad.
- Participation in international conferences and seminars.
The Association organized and offered in Cyprus two separate weekly In-Service Lifelong Learning Seminars within the framework of the European Lifelong Learning Program: "Improving Life Skills through Adult Education" “Social and Emotional Learning: Experience the Power of Education!". The Association was also approved for collaboration with other organizations under the Grundtvig Learning Partnerships program for the implementation of the "Social Integration through Education" activity in 2011-2013.
In the period 2010-2015, the Association organized experiential workshops within the framework of the HIPP (Help Increase the Peace and Positive) program, an educational program created for implementation in youth groups and aimed at creating peaceful relationships among people , to provide them with life skills and to inspire them to live with understanding, acceptance and love.
The Association organized three Pancyprian Educational Conferences:
a) in January 2010 (title: "We are creating a more democratic and humane school - We prevent social exclusion"),
b) in January 2012 (title: "Social and Emotional Education - The Challenge in New Analytical Programs") with academic speakers from Cyprus and Greece and Cypriot trainers of experiential workshops
(c) in February 2016 ("Peace Education: Antidote to Racism")
Additionally, Lifeskills Publications published a children's book written by a member of the Association titled "The Teacher and the Seagull" on issues diversity and acceptance in the school context.
The Association has been a member of the Cyprus Youth Council, the European Adult Education Association (EAEA) and the Grundtvig International Network of Course Organizers (GINCO).

Contact (1) Full Name
Charis Charalambous (Vice President)
Head of the organisation
Irini Skoutari (President)
Contact (2) Full Name
Maria Zarari (Secretary)