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, "Someshwar Koshti"
"If you're planning for a year, grow rice.
If you're planning for ten years, grow trees.
If you're planning for a lifetime, educate people."
-- Chinese proverb
To begin with an understatement, one of the things that make this
world interesting is the people in it.
The human mind in itself is such an amazing phenomenon, that it has
been a subject of study for just about every generation... and on top
of that, we have so many diverse varieties of it in the world!
It carries so much potential within, as has been demonstrated
throughout history in all aspects of life
- arts, literature, sports, academics, technology and many more
fields of excellence. What plays a big role in preparing the mind
towards realising its potential is the environment it is exposed to...
and to provide an environment where this potential becomes a reality,
a platform where the mind can cross over its perceived limitations is
the purpose of education!
Education plays a critical part in shaping minds and thereby, shaping
society. The values that our children will live their lives by,
depends on how we bring them up. What kind of education will produce
truly global citizens, who are able to identify not just with local
doctrines and beliefs but see themselves as part of a global
community? It becomes a very pertinent question and deserves
collective thought from all the great minds of the world.
The 3 day International Conference on Integrated Value Education
(June 26-28) has been conceptualised to address these and some other
relevant issues. As His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar has succinctly
outlined the role of education - "Broaden the Vision... Deepen the
Today, everyone is recognising the need for holistic education
instead of a purely intellectual and academic way of teaching, the
need for education to be stress-free. How we can bring this thought
process to mainstream education will be a big takeaway from this
conference. The discussion requires those who are affected by
education - students and parents, those involved in imparting it -
teachers and those who frame policies facilitating it - managements,
admistrators and ministers. Those who have succesfully implemented
some of these concepts will be coming over to share valuable
perspectives and experience.
The conference is being held in collaboration with UNESCO and the
Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India. The venue
will be the beautiful campus of the Art of Living at Bangalore. It
promises to be a very healthy and stimulating experience with so many
learned people from all over the world sharing the stage, including
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravishankar.
If you are involved in any way with education, or even if you just
find the idea interesting and would like to register as a delegate,
please refer to www.aolunedu.org for more details. The site also
offers information on the broad agenda and the speakers. We welcome
you to post any further queries to aolunedu@...
I began with a quote and am tempted to end with another one.. "What
we do in life, echoes in eternity!"
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