What is Life Orientation? Life Orientation is the study of the self in relation to others and to society. It addresses skills, knowledge, and values about the self, the environment, responsible citizenship, a healthy and productive life, social engagement, recreation and physical activity, careers and career choices. These include opportunities to engage in the development and practice of a variety of life skills to solve problems, to make informed decisions and choices and to take appropriate actions to live meaningfully and successfully in a rapidly changing society. It not only focuses on knowledge, but also emphasises the importance of the application of skills and values in real-life situations, participation in physical activity, community organisations and initiatives

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Life Orientation aims to: 1) guide and prepare learners to respond appropriately to life’s responsibilities and opportunities; 2) equip learners to interact optimally on a personal, psychological, cognitive, motor, physical, moral, spiritual, cultural and socio-economic level; 3) guide learners to make informed and responsible decisions about their own health and well-being and the health and well-being of others; 4) expose learners to their constitutional rights and responsibilities, to the rights of others and to issues of diversity; 5) equip learners with knowledge, skills and values to make informed decisions about subject choices, careers, additional and higher education opportunities and the world of work; 6) expose learners to various study methods and skills pertaining to assessment processes and 7) expose learners to an understanding of the value of regular participation in physical activity.

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