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Curtain Raiser-5th National Convention of Sathya Sai Schools

Om Sri Sai Ram

5th National Convention of Sathya Sai Schools

  

Visakhapatnam, the city of Destiny has become a destination for all major events to take place. It was Global Youth Meet on the health front, CII Partnership Summit Meet on the business front, prestigious IFR uniting the World Navies through Oceans at Vizag on the defence front.

 

On the Education front, now Vizag is going to witness the 5th Fifth National Convention of Sathya Sai Schools from 12th to 14thFebruary, 2016 at Mother Theresa Convention Centre, GITAM University premises.

 

The 5th National convention of Sathya Sai Schools is being hosted by Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vihar, Visakhapatnam under the aegis of National Council of Sathya Sai Schools, India.

 

It was indeed the vision of Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba to integrate Human Values with Education in the 100 Sathya Sai Schools in India comprising 50,000 students and 2300 number of teachers.

 

A Sathya Sai School integrates secular education with spirituality, character development and the practice of human values in daily life, based on the teachings of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The characteristic features of Sathya Sai Schools which distinguish them from other schools are an environmental and culture of love conducive to the emergence of universal human values through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

 

The Central Theme of the 5th National Convention of Sathya Sai Schools is “Experience to Excel @ Sri Sathya Sai Educare”.

 

The earlier four conventions laid a strong platform for all schools to come together in the practice of Educare.

Sri Ganta Srinivasa Rao garu, Hon’ble Minister for HRD, Govt. of AP will inaugurate the Convention at 9 am on 12th February, 2016 at Mother Theresa Auditorium, GITAM University campus.

 

His Excellency Sri E.S.L. Narasimhan, Hon’ble Governor of AP & Telangana will be the chief guest at the valedictory programme which starts at 11 am on 14th February, 2016 at Mother Theresa Auditorium, GITAM University campus.

This will be an occasion when all Sathya Sai Schools come together, along with Sathya Sai Central Trust, State Presidents, Trust Convenors and State Coordinators, Principals and Management Members of Sathya Sai Schools from all over India, and deliberate for 3 days on the current status of our schools, their future needs and priorities.

 

The 5th convention is going to be a watershed in the history of Sathya Sai Schools in India. We expect that it will provide an insight into key issues, clarify action and implementation of policies, and motivate all to proceed hand in hand towards our goal of Excellence in Schools.

 

Every school in each state runs under the able guidance of the State Trust and the State Organizations following the norms of the Institute of Sathya Sai Education and the policies of Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust. A National Council of Sathya Sai Schools has been formed to direct all schools onto one platform ofEducare propagated by Bhagawan Baba.                                     

 

Over the years the Institute of Sathya Sai Education has been efficient in enhancing the teaching skills of teachers through various workshops and courses it conducted on a regular basis every year. The Institute acts as a nodal agency to coordinate the value education programme in Sathya Sai Schools in India. TheExperiential Learning approach has been the engine for the new curriculum thrusts. Experiential Learning was introduced way back in 2006 as one of the 6 points of the Common Minimum Programme.

 

Dharmakshetra is the spiritual lighthouse established by Baba in 1968. Institute of Sathya Sai Education -ISSE (India) in Dharmakshetra, (Mumbai) is like a Gurukula, a School of learning. Dharmakshetra symbolizes the core message of Bhagawan to mankind. It signifies the mystical human journey from “I to We” and   “We to He” under the great Master’s Divine guidance.

 

The Culture and Heritage of India pronounced in the Bal Vikas and the Assets of Lesson Plans and Swami’s Values from Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Vahini have further strengthened the Education System. The seven assets of lesson plans empowered the teachers with the needed skills and content to bring about gradual and sustainable changes in the school atmosphere and facilitate learning across all domains of interaction – Classroom, Corridor, Campus and Community. Thus the aim of this project (4 C’s) in few words is to “envisage the rural school children on value based education with latest technology”.

 

The greatest legacy that Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba has given us is the concept and practice of Sri Sathya Sai Educare. “Educare has two aspects the worldly and the spiritual. Worldly education brings out the latent knowledge pertaining to the physical world. Spiritual education brings out the inherent divinity in man. So both worldly and spiritual education is essential, without which the human life has no value” - Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.

 

Good Governance is essential to ensure that a Sathya Sai School adopts policies that are consistent with its mission statement and its stated goals and objectives are realized. Consistent with the principles of good governance, progressive and coordinated delegation of responsibility and constructive oversight at different levels should be put in place so that every Sathya Sai School achieves excellence in standards.

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Views of some most eminent dignitaries about Education System imparted  by Sri Sathya Sai Educational Institutions

 “The purpose of real education is to initiate a learning process that transforms students into good human beings with knowledge and value systems.  Is value-based education possible?  Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning has given an answer in the affirmative.  I am in a place where university learning takes place in a divine environment.  Here students get education with a value system.”  Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, Former President of India

“The students of this University are not just students, but seekers of truth.  The divine guidance of Bhagawan Baba has elevated even education to the level of worship of God.  It addresses both apara and para aspects of man & society.  The higher learning which the pupils here receive, facilitates their integral development, and enables them to become better human beings with a finer, culturally richer character.”  -Shri Atal Behari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India

“The concept of integral education that is a Divine gift of Bhagawan Baba to this Institute comes closest to ancient ideals.  Blessed indeed are the students who have had the privilege of going through an educational programme which combines deep appreciation of the method of modern science and technology and the ancient Indian knowledge and wisdom accumulated over the centuries.  This type of education can be a powerful means for Self-perfection and social redemption.” – Dr. Manmohan Singh, former Prime Minister of India.

 

 

(Dwaram Swamy)

State Media Coordinator,

Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations

Andhra Pradesh & Telangana.

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