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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is the particular need being met?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
does the Programme work?
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.
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
working through the lessons that comprise these components, the importance
of the triple partnership for education becomes apparent:
will inspire children in their schools, if they are value conscious
parents’ example affects the conduct of their children, and
when reaching a certain age, need self-discipline to balance their generally
Teaching of Controversial Issues in Schools
lesson plans of the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Programme fulfil
the requirements of the Qualifications
& Curriculum Authority guidelines given below:
(2000) 'Citizenship at Key Stages 3 and 4: Initial Guidance for Schools'
will need to consider the following:
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
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
pupils establish ground rules about how they will behave towards
each other and how issues will be dealt with
when to allow pupils to discuss issues confidentially in small
groups and when to support listening in to these group discussions
they take due care for the needs of individuals in the class when
tackling issues of social, cultural or personal identity.