Survival Skills: Whats its Purpose?


Over the course of the first semester, grade 9 Elective PE is equipping students of ISKL with a series of life skills, ranging from cooking skills to basic fending for oneself in nature. Despite living in a developed country, such skills could be useful in cases of natural disaster and emergency, or simply for recreational use.

Due to the fact that we live in a developed country, chances are we won’t be needing survival skills. However, in the rare case we do, Mr. Hutterd states “we do things like learning how to build shelters, learning what environment we can do certain things in, learning how to cook, learning how to build fires and using equipment to our advantage”.

Survival skills has a lot of relevance to modern day. Even though Kuala Lumpur is not positioned in an area that is threatened by major natural disasters, as Anna ‘20 states, “A lot of students are expats, therefore we move around a lot, and you never know when we will need these skills, which is why I think that ISKL having this is highly beneficial towards the students”.

Another student, Josh ‘20, says that he think that these set of skills will help him when he goes camping with his family. “I have been camping with my family before and camping is a memorable experience. Maybe, now with my skills from this class, I can continue to use them on our camping trips”. Also, for fun, if I wanted to, I would go trekking in the jungle, and for a challenge, I would want to be in a survival situation, these skills would be pretty useful”.

Moreover, Tehnish ‘20, stated that “My parents gut fish at home, and since today we are learning how to gut fish, I will be able to help around the house”

Despite the long process of learning survival skills, no one can deny that it was worth it. Mr. Hutterd concludes with saying “I hope that the students will never have to use the skills, but potentially if a big earthquake hits a city that they’re in, you need to be fending for yourself, so you need to have the skills potentially to be able to survive, even in an urban setting”.