What is Sathya Sai Education in Human Values?




The United Kingdom, and indeed the whole world, has been looking for an effective way to inspire and educate children of the present generation in order to reverse the trend towards anti-social behaviour, drug abuse, bullying, violence, crime, lack of care for the environment and apathy. To address this need, a character building educational Programme - Sathya Sai Education in Human Values - has been devised.

Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV or Sathya Sai EHV for short), is a multi-cultural, multi-faith self-development Programme for children and young people all over the world. It helps children to explore concepts of right and wrong through the use of story telling, role play, songs, games and drama.

It is a simple educational tool designed to help develop positive values in the young so that children and young adults become fit for life, rather than just fit for earning a ‘good’ living.

Sathya Sai EHV is part of the process of EDUCARE.

The Programme also addresses the criteria of a programme of study for educating for citizenship, which is now a statutory requirement in England and Wales.

The Sathya Sai EHV Programme is spreading in popularity and has been developed and culturally adapted for use in numerous countries, across all continents around the world. It is being used in schools in many different countries around the world (see our videos page for examples) and has received a favourable response from UNESCO, who have given the Programme recognition, and wished it success in furthering the cause for world peace through education.

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What is the particular need being met?
Life at the beginning of the 21st Century presents many difficulties for teachers, parents and young people. For the young in particular, with so many external influences, demands and constraints, it can be very easy to lose hold of the values that make up a civilised society.

The SSEHV Programme seeks to help teachers, parents and children to re-focus on the basic positive values that underlie all aspects of a moral society.

This is done through what is called a “Triple Partnership for Education” between teachers, parents and children, meaning that all three groups play key roles in reversing current negative trends, and in reaching towards the goal of truly successful value based education.

In today’s multi-cultural and multi-racial society, with its changing social norms and expectations, it can be difficult for a young person to know what is right.

The Sathya Sai EHV Programme is designed to help young people to be in touch with their own feelings and nurture awareness of the qualities within themselves which form good character and behaviour.

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How does the Programme work?

It is not the purpose of the Programme to dictate the actions of the individual, but rather, to offer them a secure base from which they may arrive at their own informed decisions.

The Programme seeks to draw out the basic human values of right conduct, peace, truth, love and non-violence, which are inherent in the fundamental make up of the human personality. It is these eternal core values which raise man above the level of the animal kingdom and are indeed shared and recognised world wide.

Learning takes place through lesson plans based on practical, meaningful and fun activities using the five components of:

In working through the lessons that comprise these components, the importance of the triple partnership for education becomes apparent:

  • teachers will inspire children in their schools, if they are value conscious adults
  • parents’ example affects the conduct of their children, and
  • children when reaching a certain age, need self-discipline to balance their generally natural exuberance.

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The Teaching of Controversial Issues in Schools
The lesson plans of the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Programme fulfil the requirements of the Qualifications & Curriculum Authority guidelines given below:

QCA (2000) 'Citizenship at Key Stages 3 and 4: Initial Guidance for Schools' Appendix 2

Teachers will need to consider the following:

  • ensuring that pupils have access to balanced information and differing views on which they can then clarify their own opinions and views, including contributions made by visitors to the classroom

  • deciding whether, and if so, how far, they are prepared to express their own views, bearing in mind that they are in an influential position and that they have to work within the Framework of the school's values

  • ensuring pupils establish ground rules about how they will behave towards each other and how issues will be dealt with

  • judging when to allow pupils to discuss issues confidentially in small groups and when to support listening in to these group discussions

  • ensuring they take due care for the needs of individuals in the class when tackling issues of social, cultural or personal identity.

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