The Sathya Sai School of Ndola, Zambia, has been awarded the International Gold Star Award for Quality in terms of leadership, innovation, training, and excellence in education. They received this precious trophy at an international gala dinner at the Hotel Concorde, La Fayette, Paris on 30 May 2005.
As the heads of tha school, Dr. Victor-Krishna Kanu and his wife, Genevieve,
said, "Only Swami could have made this possible."
Click on the picture of the award in the upper-right hand corner of this window to see an enlarged version, Click on the certificate to the right to see an enlarged version.
This "miracle school" --given that name by government officials who came to look at it-- was started in 1992 by Victor and Genevieve Kanu. Right from the start, they took only students who didn't fit into standard schools --they had been failed, thrown out, etc. Many were trouble makers. Neverthess, in the second year, the school had 93% passing on the national exams, and for the next seven years, they had a 100% passing rate!
The Kanu's school, based on Sathya Sai Baba's idea of education in human values, is truly a miracle, but one that can be followed in every other school in the world, if education is based on sound human values and the teachers know that they are to "teach a person, not a subject." Below, are some articles about the school:
Human values approach to teaching its impact on teachers and pupils, by Dr. Margaret Taplin.
Shruti Desai's experiences at the Miracle School, by Shruti Desai