Sathya Sai Education
The end of education is character. Education without character is useless.
Sathya Sai Baba, Prasanthi Nilayam, November 20, 2001
Sathya Sai Baba has fostered a unique approach to education called educare, drawing out divine qualities of truth, right-conduct, peace, love and non-violence which are latent within the individual. Educare aligns the heart, head, and hands. True education must in Sai Baba’s words, “broaden the heart and expand one’s love.” True education is “that which fosters the sense of oneness, draws out one’s divine qualities and promotes the blossoming of human personality.”
Sathya Sai Schools and Institutes
Sathya Sai Schools integrate educare with traditional curriculum promoting students with good character skilled in academic areas. Sai Baba established the first Sathya Sai School in India in 1968. By the early 1990s Sathya Sai Schools began to be established outside India, and Institutes of Sathya Sai Education (ISSE) were soon established to train teachers and assure quality. There are now 31 Institutes of Sathya Sai Education (ISSEs) in 31 countries, and 37 Sathya Sai Schools around the world.
SSE and SSEHV
Inspired by the teachings of Sai Baba the Bal Vikas programme was established in India in 1969 to teach the country’s spiritual heritage to children of devotees. Later to be known as Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) outside India, the programmes promoted Unity of Religions, the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of Man, and stories about the life of Sathya Sai Baba. By the 1980s the SSE programme was also adapted to foster human and spiritual values in children of parents who were not devotees without the focus on a specific spiritual leader. This new programme called Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) is taught in community and after-school settings.