Moral Education
 

What is value education?

Any quality that a person or society needs to have is a value for that person or society. For example, self-reliance or doing things by oneself does not feature under traditional moral science. However, in certain societies it becomes a value. In India, children are not very self-reliant compared to their counterparts in America, where the social structure forces children to do a lot of their work on their own. Hence, in India, this becomes a value to be consciously taught and cultivated.

Everyone recognizes qualities such as responsibility, courage, self-discipline, honesty, loyalty and compassion as essentials of good character . Value education enables children to understand and develop character by learning about values and virtues. It is a training of the heart and mind towards the good.

Thus, the scope of value education is vast. It can be tailored to suit the needs of a specific society and can be made relevant to the day and age.

 

How is value education imparted?
Value education is imparted under four heads:

•  Precept
Children are taught the moral and ethical logic behind value and virtues and the consequences of following or abusing them.
•  Habit
Children are encouraged into good habits of thought and action with the help of Self Development Diary .
•  Example
Children learn more by emulation and imitation than by instruction. There is nothing more influential in a child's life than the power of example. The students are encouraged to read Garden of life/Jeevan Kala books provided to them. .
•  Moral literacy
This is an understanding of how they work. This is achieved through stories, poems and historical incidents. Children see through these, how values help in life and how the stories of role models who followed values inspire and motivate the students.

 

Why is there an urgent need for value education to be integrated with the present day school curriculum?

Academic education is of prime importance in today's day and age because it is the best way for an individual to achieve economic self-reliance and material progress. However, academic education can only secure one a good qualification and a career. It is not designed to foster character formation and the delicate, “art of man-making". Academics can produce an efficient professional. But, can it produce a fine human being? It is in this area that value education becomes vital in its need.

While academic education is more in the area of "information", value education concentrates on "transformation" (meaning, transformation of the individual into a higher plain of inner refinement and growth). True and complete education is possible only when both "information" and "transformation" happen.

Value education may thus, be considered as the "value-add" to the present-day academic education, in that, it complements and completes academic education to achieve the purpose of true education. While academic qualifications enable economic self-reliance, value education enables emotional self-reliance. Both go together to make the complete man.

Academic Education
(Information)
+ Value Education Information
(Transformation)
= Complete Education
Economic Self-Reliance + Emotional Self-Reliance = The Educated Man


Without such a comprehensive handling of all the aspects of a person, education can at best be an effort at achieving a form of "glorified literacy", incomplete in achieving the noble goal of inner and outer refinement and growth of the individual.

 

Our Efforts To Promote Value Education

Our operations of imparting Value Education in schools started in 2008 and we extended our programme from schools of Dehradun to school in Nabha (Punjab), Delhi, Gandhinagar and some Kendriya Vidhyalayas of Ahmadabad. We have till date extended this programme to 21432 students covering 173 schools. Presently in association with Scientific Council Of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) Uttrakhand 9300 students in 59 schools are participating in National Character Building of the Youth.

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