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My Life is My Message

         —Sri Sathya Sai Baba


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Foreword I

Sathya Sai Education in Human Values fulfils the ultimate mission of education. He, who has inspired this educational programme, Sri Sathya Sai Baba, goes directly to the essence of the institution of education and its role in human civilization, as he does with other social institutions and, indeed, with human life itself. He distinguishes between, "the really real and the relatively real", between the universal and the parochial, between that which is lasting and that which is transient.

Most educationists acknowledge that an important part of the mission of education is to transmit the knowledge and skill necessary to navigate through this journey of life safely, effectively, and with a modicum of happiness. However, too often in our modern educational systems, overwhelming emphasis is placed on the acquisition of skills and knowledge that will enable the student to find a job or practice a profession. Too often the educational process becomes a procession of students who pass through a perfunctory exercise. Worldly education in many places has become an assembly line in which 'educate' means 'matriculate, inculcate, and then graduate'.

Preoccupation with this aspect of education obfuscates the deeper and most important role of education. Sri Sathya Sai Baba has said, "The end of education is character." He has declared that the attributes of character are found in one who practices the universal human values of Love, Truth, Right Action, Peace, and Nonviolence. Finally he has assured us that these values are inherent in all of us and will emerge and prevail in our being as we come to know ourselves. The Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Programme is based on these universal principles.

The Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Programme is presented directly as a separate lesson plan unto itself, indirectly by incorporating the principles and values into the lesson plans in the various school subjects, and it is practiced in all extracurricular activities as well. The teachers must strive to exemplify the human values at the heart of the programme. They must strive to be exemplars. This brings to mind the great philosopher-teachers of ancient Greece, like Socrates, who taught not only by speaking and explaining, but, more importantly, by demonstrating the lofty ideals that they espoused through their noble characters. It also brings to mind the great saints and sages of all religions who taught and inspired, who instructed and transformed.

The ultimate mission of education, according to the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Programme, then, is to contribute toward our knowledge of ourselves, so that we can have a sense of the purpose of human life, and the qualities necessary to apply ourselves to the fulfilment of that purpose. In this manner, true education, as inspired by Sri Sathya Sai Baba, becomes a transformational, life-long process. Students seek and find answers to the perpetual and perplexing questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What must I do to obtain lasting, profound happiness? How can I achieve the highest good for myself and for the world?

This book is the most comprehensive attempt to elucidate the origin, development, history, philosophy, pedagogy, accomplishments, current status of programmes all over the world, and future plans for this great and most needed programme of education.

The Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Programme stands by itself: It is universal. It results in the most profound transformation and greatest happiness for student and teacher alike.

Michael G. Goldstein, MD

Chair, Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation


Foreword II

Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas has evolved over the years to Education in Human Values (EHV), then to 3HV, and now to Educare. Through all this development, the message of SriSathy Sai Baba has remained the same — simple enough for each of us to understand, yet profound enough to transform ourselves. The message is: first, go within and know ourselves; then bring out the Human Values that lie dormantin each one of us; and finally, live these values in our daily lives. This process of Educare can transform us individually, then the family, the society, the nation, and finally the whole world. The peace that Educare confers on us, individually, is the ultimate building block of world peace.

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba tells us first to be, then to do, and only then to tell. The thousands of educationists who have dedicated themselves over the years to taking Sathya Sai Education to every part of the world have always remained focused on their mission of bringing light and love to the world through Educare. As a result, little effort has been made so far in documenting the richness and diversity of Sathya Sai Education practiced in diverse cultures and regions. Yet, the time has perhaps now come for educationists the world over to know what Sathya Sai Education is and what contribution it can make to help mainstream education fulfil its promise of making a man of wisdom and character, while being fully competent in daily living.

The Global Overview of Sri Sathya Sai Education is an important step in this direction. It covers the whole ground — beginning with the historic development of Sathya Sai Education, its philosophy, a comprehensive account of how it is being practiced in different parts of the world and how it has contributed to the fulfilment of the goals of education. I can clearly see that this book will become a regular source book not only to Sathya Sai educationists the world over but also to all those engaged in educational policy making and research in education.

I congratulate Sri Sathya Sai World Foundation for this noble effort to the making of this book.

Indulal Shah

International Adviser, Sri Sathya Sai Organisations



Chapter 1. History and Philosophy of Sathya Sai Education

The Background
Educare: The Philosophy of Sathya Sai Education
     The Five Human Values
     The Five Teaching Techniques
     Sathya Sai Education as Life Transformation
Early Beginnings of Sathya Sai Education
     Bal Vikas/Sai Spiritual Education (SSE)
     Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV)
     Sathya Sai Schools and Colleges in India and other countries
     Institutes of Sathya Sai Education

Chapter 2. The Sathya Sai Education System

Formal Sathya Sai Education Programmes
     Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) in State and Private Schools
     Sathya Sai Schools
     Institutes of Sathya Sai Education (ISSEs)
     Sathya Sai Colleges and Sri Sathya Sai University
Non-Formal Sathya Sai Education Programmes
     Sai Spiritual Education (outside of India) Bal Vikas (in India)
     Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) in the Community
     SSEHV for Teens and Young Adults
     Sathya Sai Parenting
Informal Sathya Sai Education
     Discourses by Sri Sathya Sai Baba
     Sanathana Sarathi Magazine
     Vahinis, by Sri Sathya Sai Baba
     Conferences and Retreats (local, national, and international)
     Study Circles in Sathya Sai Baba Centres
     Radio Sai Global Harmony and Information Websites
Sri Sathya Sai Education Programmes
An Overview of Sri Sathya Sai Education System

Chapter 3. Non-Formal and Informal Education Programmes

Bal Vikas/Sai Spiritual Education
Steady Global Growth
Sai Spiritual Education Absorbing Elements of Local Culture
SSE in Geographical Regions

    Asia (outside India), Australia and Pacific Island Countries
    Continental Europe
    North America
    Latin America
    Middle East
International Unity among SSE Programmes
Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV)
    SSEHV in Geographical Regions
        Asia (outside India), Australia and the Pacific Island Countries
        Middle East
        North America
        Latin America
    Sathya Sai Parenting and SSEHV for Parents
Informal Education Programmes
    Multi-Media Resource: Radio Sai Global Harmony & Heart2Heart Website
    Sri Sathya Sai Baba's Discourses and Sanathana Sarathi

Chapter 4. Formal Eduction Programmes and Institutions

Sathya Sai Schools
    Sathya Sai Schools in India
    Sathya Sai Schools outside India
    School Climate and Its Transformative Effect on Students
    Effect of Students' Transformation on Parents and Others
    Effect on the School Staff
    A Day at the School
    The Relationship of Sathya Sai School Philosophy, Guiding
          Principles and Values to School Climate of Peace and Love

    Difference from Other Schools
    School Governance
    Sathya Sai School Community
    Teacher Training and Teaching Resources
Institutes of Sathya Sai Education (ISSEs)
    Establishment of Institutes of Sathya Sai Education outside India
    Functions of ISSE
    Establishment and Management of Sathya Sai School(s)
    Training of Teachers
    Partnerships in SSEHV in a Whole School Approach
    Training of Teachers through Affiliations with Colleges,
        Universities, and Ministry of Education

    ISSE as a Resource of SSEHV Material
    Role of ISSE in Programme Development and Research
Sri Sathya Sai International Centre for Human Values



Chapter 5. Sri Sathya Sai University

Historical Development
Mission of the University
Distinctive Features of the University
Chancellor as the Motivator
Integral Education
Awareness Programme
Character: The End of Integral Education
Special Attention to Women's Education
Crest Jewel of University Education

Chapter 6. Educational Standards and Quality Assurance

Brief History of Quality Assurance of Sathya Sai Schools
Comparison of Sathya Sai School and Public (Government-funded
          Education Quality Assurance

SAI 2000: Standards, Accreditation, Inspection
    Inspection and Accreditation
    Global Level Accreditation Process
Current Status of Quality Assurance of Sathya Sai Schools
Future Perspectives on Quality Assurance

Chapter 7. International Cooperation and Exchange Programmes

Cooperation with Universities and the Academia
Cooperation with Governments and Non-governmental Organisations
Cooperation with the United Nations and other International Agencies

Chapter 8. Achievements of Sathya Sai Education

Formal Education Programmes
    Sathya Sai Schools
    Observational Research and Studies by Independent Evaluators
    Sathya Sai School: A Typical Profile
    Reports by School Inspectors and Other External Bodies
    Institutes of Sathya Sai Education
    Independent Evaluation by the United Nations
Non-Formal Education Programmes
    Testimonials from Former SSE students
    Impact of SSE and SSEHV on the Teachers
    Impact of SSE and SSEHV on Parents of the Students
    Impact of Sathya Sai Parenting Programme on Parents

Chapter 9. Future Perspectives

A Strategic Education Plan
Promoting Unity in Diversity
A Life-long Transformation Process
Enhancing the Quality of Sathya Sai Education
    Development of Curriculum
    Teacher Training and Development
    Standard Setting and Quality Assurance
    Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation
Managing the Transition
International Cooperation and Exchange Programmes

Chapter 10. Towards a New Educational Order

The Goal of Education
The Current Global Scenario
The Search for a New Educational Order
A Renewed Emphasis on Values
Sathya Sai Education: A Pathway for Transformation
Character: The Goal of Sathya Sai Education
Education: Not for Mere Living But for a Worthwhile Life

Appendix 1. Institutes of Sathya Sai Education

Appendix 2. Sathya Sai Colleges and Schools in India

Appendix 3. Sathya Sai Schools around the world (outside India)

Appendix 4. Countries with Sathya Sai Education Programmes

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