Category Archives: Education
It is moving to see child's sincere and deep gratitude....it does touch one's heart...
And last night at Pavilion of Tibetan Culture in Internatinal Zone we have witnessed that by 15 children from Tibetan Children's Village who have stayed in Auroville for 6 weeks as exchange students. They have learned many new thing, they have been involved in daily life, even volunteered at the 10th AV Marathon, and more. Colorful exhibition with their products, pottery works, and with written letters from each of them clearly express it.
Part of what they have been doing, they presented: from humble invocation song to dance performances (where their playfulness on the transition to adulthood, showed that they are children, youth, as any other)
This year exchanges were fully supported by ex TCV students, Kalsang explained after the presentation.
This chapter 4: The Sacrifice, the Triune Path and the Lord of the Sacrifice, starting on page 106, is long enough to divide into 4 readings. In this first part, Sri Aurobindo begins to explain what sacrifice truly in its highest aspect: " ... we should turn our whole life into a conscious sacrifice. Every moment and every movement of our being is to be resolved into a continuous and a devoted self-givng to the Eternal. All our actions, ..... our very inspiration and respiration, our very heart-beats can and must be made conscious in us as the living rhythm of the universal sacrifice. "
Students from California Institute of Integral Studies, are visiting Auroville to learn and share more about Sri Aurobindo, Integral yoga and overall development of Auroville as a center of Integral studies. Aster hosted the students to a knowledge sharing session at Bhavishyate Hall, Bharat Nivas. The group of students were presented with lot of vital writings by Sri Aurobindo and the mother, to enable them to get an insight into deep philosophical and fundamental theories. The group had quite a good sharing of ideas and showed keen interest to resolve pondering questions of their own. Auroville welcomes the group and looks forward to more cultural sharing opportunities.
Yesterday early afternoon we had a chance to listen to Dr. Aunkh Chablala talking about the Core of African Spirituality - Consiciounsess and Energy and 13 Whispers. Presetnation took place at International Zone at the space of Africa House, Pavilion of African Culture. After the presentation was a time for questions and answers session. Dr Aunkh Chabalala, Amen-Ra Institute and Infinite Earth, Pretoria, South Africa
Heidi Watts taught in different settings in the United States for decades. Once she was the head teacher of a small alternative school in the US in which she intensively encouraged democractic decision making processes among her students. In democratic schools students make decisions with varying importance and varying methods, depending on the setting and their experience. Group discussions sometimes include the use of talking sticks and exceed the classic majority rule by far. Limits for students' decision were usually around topics of health and safety as well as academic issues.
The students from The Institute of Integral Studies were having a discussion with Aster on various aspects of integral psychology. The common pool of knowledge within the group was incredible and great insights in store.
Heidi Watts and Chris Sperry explored the concept of democratic classrooms over decades in different types of schools in the United States. Democratic schools encourage students to make their own decisions as a student community. This practice cultivates student ownership and student responsibility. In Auroville's Teacher Center both, teachers and parents discussed the chances and challenges as well as opportunities and limits to student decisions. The final conclusion: Let's meet again on that topic!