Swami Bhoomananda Tirtha's Malaysia Visit Programmes (16 Aug to 31 Aug 2015)

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Cultural Heritage Class for Children

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Cultural Heritage Class run in the Ashram, Delhi, Jamshedpur, Malaysia. The main focus of this programme for children is ‘Value Inculcation’.

The mode of inculcation of values are the following:

  • Narration of Stories which convey upholding of values in different situations (these should bring out stories from our Cultural Heritage and contemporary life).
  • Children should be asked to conceive, script and enact plays which convey value-based living in daily life.
  • Projects of various kinds should be conceived of which involve various kinds of activities (both individual and collective).
  • Essay writing
  • Painting
  • Debates (these can make children think about various situations in life with emphasis on values). These debates should make them ‘think’.
  • Society-facing activities
  • Environment – related activities
  • Reading and research.
  • Reading biographies (not the typical ones). Bring out rare anecdotes of role models.

We also involve children in identifying real-life anecdotes and role models, and importantly narrate these in class to all the children. It involves quite a bit of thinking where the children will be asked to justify certain actions of the role model, and so on. This will force the children to delve deeper into the values and how they relate to life and living.

Children are encouraged to think about their responses and behaviour in various situations in their daily life. This should get them into the habit of introspecting over their actions.

Slowly and surely, children should start formulating values which they will cherish and uphold for the rest of their life.

The projects and activities will encourage them to involve:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Relatives
  • Neighbours

This will bring in a societal perspective.

The curriculum is not intended to come up with the usual/routine ‘value education’ lesson or text book. It will be ‘experience-oriented’.

Children are asked to identify good qualities in their family, friends, neighbours, etc. This will encourage them to appreciate good qualities.

They can also be urged to identify values which they have found good values in their parents which they have not been able to imbibe.

The activities can be simple ones which can be integrated into the daily life of the child. For example,

  • Observations on your way to school
  • Watching nature
  • Doing small projects to improve conditions in the neighbourhood.

As part of these activities, children are encouraged to write and talk about ‘what they observed during their walk to the school’, ‘which animals they saw and what is their habitat’, and so on.

The values are not discussed in isolation. The children should be able to feel and experience them in the context of:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Neighbourhood
  • Society
  • Nation
  • Nature/Environment
  • Mind/intelligence
  • School

How do we bring up children so that they develop into youth who have:

  • Concern for the society and the Nation
  • Love for the nation
  • Concern for their surroundings

We will encourage the children to interact with persons from various walks of life and ask questions about various aspects of their work life and values.

The overall approach of such a programme involves the following:

  • Flexibility: The sessions will be adapted to the response of the children to the different activities and discussions.
  • Thought provoking: The different activities and involvements should induce original ‘thinking’ in the children.
  • There will be a lot of stress on ‘EXPERIENCING’ and NOT READING.

The children will be guided into activities which will benefit the society. For example:

  • Cleaning the neighbourhood (removing garbage)
  • Caring for animals
  • Planting some saplings and caring for them
  • Helping children of a younger age group with lessons etc.
  • Maintaining a park in the neighbourhood where children can play

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