Educational activities cover ‘Bal Vikas’ (Sai Spiritual Education for children), ‘Education in Human Values’ Programmes (EHV) & ‘Value Parenting’. Sri Sathya Sai Baba has stressed that the purpose of education is not for the acquisition of knowledge or material possessions, but first and foremost for moral character development and service to humanity. Before academic and scientific knowledge can be of use to the individual, the basic human values must be inculcated from a young age. Only then can the worldly knowledge, gained through education, make positive and constructive contribution to the individual and the society.
"Education is the latent treasure of mankind. It is our only friend and teacher of teachers; such education is alone worthy of worship. Students must strive to free the countrymen from their lack of spiritual education." – Sri Sathya Sai Baba
The goals of the SSE program are to help children become aware of their divine nature, to draw out the Human Values (which are inherent in them) and put them into practice, to teach the children about the unity of all faiths, and to prepare them to live a spiritual life in this world.
The life and teachings of Sathya Sai Baba, the five human values, and the essential unity of all faiths comprise the substance of the SSE program.
The curriculum contains the following topics:
Spiritual objectives for the different age groups carry through from level to level and cannot be called separate. Each spiritual objective is a building block for lifelong practice of spiritual principles. At the younger ages, the ideas are presented in a simple form in ways appropriate to the age group. As a child matures, the concepts are applied and practiced in increasing depth.
Demonstrate increasing integration of objectives from Group I
Demonstrate increasing integration of objectives from Group II
Demonstrate increasing integration of objectives from Group III
SSE classes are held every Sunday between 10:00am - 11:45am followed by bhajans from 11:45am to 1:00pm where children can sing and lead bhajans. SSE students are participating in the children Bhajan every 4th Sunday of the month.
EHV is an integral part of the EDUCARE programs blessed and charioteered by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Baba, the founder of Education in Human Values, has said:
In Ottawa, classes are conducted on Sunday afternoons in Kanata (suburbs of Ottawa). If you want to register your children less than 17 years, please send an email to Sister Rani Ravikanthi, email@example.com indicating the name of the child, home address, contact telephone numbers.
EHV classes offer simple but powerful framework that enables students to:
Classes are conducted in the following format:
Dynamic Parenting is a highly interactive program designed to enhance parenting skills and thereby strengthen family relationships. The program is based upon the integration of five universal Human Values of Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love and Nonviolence into daily family life. The Dynamic Parenting workshops give parents the opportunity to turn theory into practice by asking them to become aware of their own and their child's developmental needs. The program provides parents with practical tools to develop self-confidence, self-direction, love, and selfless motives and creates an awareness of what actions make the family strong and peaceful. The results are increased awareness of parenting styles, stronger spousal bond and family, and a more loving atmosphere in the home.
The program was initiated by Sathya Sai Baba with the noble aim of helping parents to better understand their inherent values and guide them to inculcate the same in their children. Based on this, a structured classroom training program was developed in 1998 by Dr. Pal Dhall and his wife Dr. Tehseen Dhall of Australia and named Human Values the Heart of Dynamic Parenting. The program, consisting of 15 modules, is conducted by trained facilitators. It has proven to be an excellent transforming tool for parents, soon-to-be parents, or any adults who deal with children on a daily basis.
Dynamic Parenting is gaining popularity in Canada. It helps parents become more confident and self-reliant individuals with balanced body, mind and spirit. Through open discussions, brainstorming, and role-plays, parents explore their important role as parents in their child’s development. The participants have found the sessions most interactive and practical. At the end of each workshop, the parents apply the shared knowledge and experiences to their own family circumstances by setting personal goals for improvement, change or transformation. This takes the form of an Action Plan, which parents then try to put into daily practice.