lost craft, rediscovering the value of traditional skills

An article, lamenting the fact that  only one in five children can tie a reef knot or repair a flat bike tyre. According to a survey that reveals how practical skills dying out among the young.

Bear Grylls, the survival expert who is also Chief Scout, said: “Practical skills are at the heart of scouting.

“From first aid to cooking a meal, we encourage all young people to learn skills they can use in life. While learning together, girls and boys grow in confidence and self-esteem.

“Having these skills helps them prepare for whatever life throws at them, enabling them to become active and responsible citizens who are willing to take a lead.”

Susanna Dinnage, from Discovery Networks UK, said: “Children display a lot of aptitude for embracing new technology but practical skills have lost some of their popularity. We would like to see a revival of these crafts.”

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