COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL STUDIES DEPARTMENT

Mr. Angeline Otieno Hod - Communication and Social Studies
Mr. Angeline Otieno Hod - Communication and Social Studies

The Department offers two units: Communication Skills and Life Skills. These two units are compulsory for all students and are both examined internally. However, communication skills will be examined by KNEC either at the end of the first year or second year of training, depending on the courses taken. All Trainees are expected to sit for their exams at the end of each Module.

Why should we take the two units?

Let us look at the importance of each of these units separately:

Developing communication skills can help many aspects of your life, from your professional career to social gatherings to your family life.

In today’s hectic world, we rely heavily on sharing information, resulting in a greater emphasis on good communication skills. Good verbal and written communication skills are essential to deliver and understand information quickly and accurately. Being able to communicate effectively is a vital life skill and should not be overlooked.

In contrast, poor communication skills can have a negative impact – a poorly delivered message may result in misunderstanding, frustration, and in some cases, disaster.

Communication can be defined as the process of understanding and sharing meaning. To communicate well is to understand and be understood. This can be achieved in the following ways: Verbally – your voice, visually – e.g., images, graphs, maps, infographics, Non-verbally–e.g., body language, eye contact, gestures, and Written–e.g., books, websites, and emails.

On the other hand, having life skills is an essential part of meeting everyday life’s challenges. The dramatic changes in global economies over the past five years have been matched with the transformation in technology, impacting education, the workplace, and our home life. To cope with the increasing pace and change of modern life, students need new life skills to deal with stress and frustration. Today’s students will have many new jobs over their lives, with associated pressures and the need for flexibility.

In everyday life, the development of life skills helps you to: Find new ways of thinking and problem solving, Recognize the impact of their actions and teaches them to take responsibility for what they do rather than blame others, Build confidence both in spoken skills and for group collaboration and cooperation, Analyze options, make decisions and understand why they make individual choices outside the classroom and develop a greater sense of self-awareness and appreciation for others.

While students work hard to get good grades, many still struggle to gain employment. According to research, employers are looking not just for academic success but key employability skills, including The ability to self-manage, solve problems and understand the business environment, working well as part of a team, time and people management, agility, and adaptability to different roles and flexible working environments and the potential to lead by influence.

The more we develop life skills individually, the more these effects and benefit the world in which we live: Recognizing cultural awareness and citizenship makes international cooperation easier, Respecting diversity allows creativity and imagination to flourish, developing a more tolerant society and Developing negotiation skills, the ability to network and empathize can help to build resolutions rather than resentments.

Best wishes and welcome to RIAT!

Thank you!

Mrs . Angeline Otieno HOD - Communication and Social Studies

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