Sai Education in Human Values (UK)
Welcome to the December 2005 issue of our monthly e-zine.
If you have any feedback about this newsletter, or would like to share your experiences of SSEHV, please write to us.
THE MORALITY QUOTIENT IN CHILDREN
Based on excerpts from a speech given this year by Dr. Art-ong Jumsai, former NASA Scientist and founder of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education, Thailand.
Priority to Values
On the other hand, if instead of that construction, the teacher tells them that the farmer has a son to whom he gives seven cows because he loves him very much, in addition to helping subtract, it will develop the value of love in the students.
Person Who Loves Cannot Be Violent"
Love is the basis of all human values because someone who loves himself and others will have inner peace that leads to rectitude and peace. 'The person who loves cannot be violent' is a common phrase used in SSEHV.
SSEHV follows the principles that education should form and strengthen the following values in the child: illumination, duty, devotion, understanding, character, action, gratitude, integrity, unity and nobility.
Interaction with The Community - A Must For Every School
It is important for schools to be in constant interaction with the community. Parents and society should be attentive to what happens in schools. They should know the teachers and know how they are teaching the classes, what and how they teach.
All the information the children receive is stored in their memory and remains in the subconscious, so if they are treated badly, when they are grown that information will come to the surface and they will want to take revenge or treat others badly. On the contrary, if children receive love, respect, gratitude and other values, as adults they will treat others in the same way.
By Example - The Best Rule
The mission of the Sathya Sai philosophy is to educate to transform, under a system that advocates the development of all human potential, strengthening character and the personality of the student and to renew their individual and social commitment.
- An Inner Journey
of the schools that promote this philosophy are outstanding because they
become men and women with unity of thought, word and action, living lives
guided by human values. They are sensitive, loving, truthful and happy;
respecting the environment and able to develop their own potential. They
are also committed to their personal, family and social development.
Did you know that last year the UK charity, Parentline Plus, took over 100,000 phone calls from parents concerned about issues ranging from bullying to underage sex?
In a report published by the organisation, most of those who rang said that their children's behaviour was the biggest problem. But the charity said because parenting is "so private and intimate" parents were unwilling to admit publicly how difficult it can be.
"As a result, many feel unable to ask for help which could make significant improvements to their lives and the lives of their children," the report said.*
In today's busy, stressful world, good parenting - which requires time and patience - is not always easy . Parenting should be seen as a skill to learn rather than an instinct we are born with.
The SSEHV Parenting Course is designed to provide parents and parents-to-be with practical values-based skills to make the home a happier and more secure place. Through a mixture of presentations and experiential activities such as role play, discussion, inner reflection, games and silent sitting, participants are encouraged to explore their inner motivations and the forces which influence the behaviour of their family members. Students are able to experience each of the five Human Values and gain an understanding of their fundamental importance for parenting, and indeed for all human relationships.
The workshop is carried out in a non-threatening environment where participants are encouraged to take part to the extent they feel comfortable. Frequent breaks and group activities enable every participant to interact and establish strong personal relationships.
The course consists of seven sessions of 2.5 hours each which take place over seven consecutive weeks on either a week or week-end day, or three full consecutive days, particularly at the same time as children's Holiday Schools. If you would like to organise a Parenting Course in your area, please contact Pamela Nash. A minimum of ten participants is required.
you to all those who responded to this call for help in last month's issue.
We now have people collaborating on this vitally important project who
are based in many countries around the globe including Zambia, Mauritius,
France, Belgium, Mexico and the USA. It is wonderful to think that so
many people in so many places are generously giving their time and skills
and in so doing, forming a human values chain around the world. Sometimes
it's easy to think that we live our lives in isolation, but in fact the
practice of human values and the supply of safe drinking water in any
part of the globe affect all of us. This really is a global project!
The African Institute of Sathya Sai Education, TAISSE, is currently working with UN HABITAT to provide SSEHV to schools, teacher training colleges and community and government organisations in 15 African countries, as part of UN HABITAT's 'Water for African Cities' programme. By deploying values education at the grass-roots level, problems affecting access to clean water - including pollution, corruption, theft, waste and poor hygiene - can be effectively tackled, thereby helping to alleviate water shortages and water borne diseases which cause so much suffering in many of Africa's poorest nations.
This mammoth undertaking is generating an enormous quantity of written material in the form of feasibility studies, training manuals, workshop reports, etc. As half the countries involved in the project are French speaking, there is an urgent need for translators who are fluent in both French and English and able to translate in either direction.
you have excellent written French and English, and would like to help
this extremely important project by giving a few hours a week to help
with translation, please contact Jo Pratt on firstname.lastname@example.org
or tel: +44 208 699 6566.
Information Sharing Corner
Welcome, to what we hope will be a regular new feature of this Newsletter. We often receive emails from people who would like to use this monthly e-zine to request help from others on human values/teaching related projects in different countries. We start with a couple of such requests received from readers in Canada and India. Please email your requests to email@example.com , and we will do our best to publish them.
Ranji Gupta has contacted us by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. She would like some information and ideas about teaching time management to children aged nine to twelve years. If you have any material that would be of use to Ranji, please contact her via email to: Rajni.Gupta@pwgsc.gc.ca .
We have also received a request from Vijaya Lakshmi (email@example.com), in India, who would like to obtain any teaching material on the topics of purity, patience and perseverance. He would be pleased to hear from anyone who can help in this regard.
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