Last week in São Paulo Maria and I took part in the 11th National Congress on Human Values in Education. The congress is organised by Instituto Sri Sathya Sai de Educação do Brasil (The Institute of Sri Sathya Sai Education of Brazil) which has the mission of implementing the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) programme in Brazil. This is the Indian educational programme which we write about in Holonomics which has at its heart the teaching of the five universal human values of Peace, Truth, Love, Righteousness and Non-Violence.
This year Maria and I had the chance to spend time speaking with our great friend Dalton Amorim, who as well as being an extremely well-respected biologist, is also the national coordinator of education in the Sai Organisation here in Brazil. In this interview I had the opportunity to ask Dalton about the congress and also what makes the educaitonal programme so special for children.
It was also interesting to hear about the way in which the focus of the mission of the programme is being extended into new areas, and so we discussed how this relates to the work Maria and I have been doing introducing the human values into organisations, and also my work which I describe as customer experiences with soul.
Maria also spoke to Dalton (this time in Portuguese) asking him if he could explain in more detail the programme Education in Human Values:
Teachers and educators from the whole of Brazil attend the congress which takes place every two years. In addition to Dalton’s presentation on the role of discipline in education and personal development, there were many other fascinating and important presentations on the role of human values in modern society, education and social, economic and environmental development, children at social risk, morals and autonomy, as well as the launch of the new book Valores Humanos (Human Values) by Maria Helena Scalabrin C. Gomes and Marcos Cardoso Gomes.
We also heard from staff from the Sathya Sai School in Roberão Preto, and we were also treated to the beautiful music and singing of Adriano Grineberg on the first day and Edson Aquino who brought the congress to an uplifting end on the second day.
For more information about the Institute of Sri Sathya Sai Education of Brazilplease visit institutosathyasai.org.br (Portuguese).