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Category Archives: Educational Centers

Lilaloka prend forme

Le projet de Lilaloka, "l'endroit pour jouer" en sanscrit, a vu le jour grace à la détermination d'une poignée de femmes issues du milieu éducatif. Ni école, ni centre aère, ni garderie, Lilaloka ne va plus loin, en offrant une nouvelle approche éducationnelle centrée sur la joie et le jeu. Le futur centre proposera des activites à tous les enfants, en favorisant l'autoapprentissage et en bannissant la competition et le jugement. Sandrine, l'une des créatrices, nous éclaire sur le fonctionnement de Lilaloka. Contact : lilaloka@auroville.org.in


Comments: 0 Date: 05 Apr 2013

Emerging Energy Policies

In this session Herbert Girardet explains how there is a need for governments to link the energy policies to minimising green house emissions. He describes an example in germany of how,over the past ten years,the government has given generous incentives for people to generate electricity using renewable energy, and how this has brought considerable positive changes. To download the presentation click here. Co-Founder, World Future Council. http://www.agp.aurovilleconsulting.com/speakers


Comments: 0 Date: 30 Aug 2012

Future plans

Future plans from Future School.. We interviewed some students who are graduating now. Their feedback about Auroville is that they feel like they have much more freedom, and they can move towards their own interest. They have wide range of subjects and the students can choose based on their motivation. Auroville education is the best education to them. The graduated students planned to move out of Auroville for their further studies because Auroville does not have University Education with certificates, and might return some day.

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Comments: 0 Date: 23 May 2012

Integral & Waldorf Education

Two Waldorf professors from Antioch University interacted with teachers, parents and many others connected with Education, today at the Future School. Torin Finser is a teacher, author of several books on education, Chair of the Waldorf Teacher Training program at Antioch, and also the President of the Center for Anthroposophy. His wife, Karine, has expertise in Waldorf curriculum painting and art therapy. With them we explored how both integral and Waldorf education address all the planes of the being, and particularly the spiritual plane. ...

We also had the opportunity to learn about Rudolph Steiner's philosophy, the Waldorf curriculum, and even some practical teaching strategies. Here you can hear his full talk followed by the discussion with attendees. Some of the books written by Torin Finser are: - School as a Journey - School Renewal - Organizational Integrity - Initiative - In Search of Ethical Leadership


Comments: 0 Date: 22 Feb 2012

Building with blocks book release

With a great support of the children of the kindergarten, the Auroville Press and SAIIER released this week proudly the book Building with blocks at Auroville Kindergarten by Odile Fouldaoux. Besides illustrating and showing how children develop by the way they build with blocks and how their social skills evolve it is a book about children development through a beautiful playful instrument like natural wooden blocks in specific dimensions.

Heidi Watts who has been visiting Auroville for more than 15 years, who is a teacher since 50 years and mentor for most teachers in Auroville brought the blocks many years ago from New York to India and the Aurovilian education system allowed through its confidence and its own philosophy further development which lead to a special book and to a fantastic toy and educational tool for children.


Comments: 0 Date: 23 Jan 2013

Community service 2012 kids

We have interviewed five students who have been doing the community service this year. The community service is a program thats run by Future school. In this program the first year students have to do three weeks of participating in three Auroville units and services. The idea of community service is for the children to have some experience working in Auroville units and not getting paid!!! While interviewing these children we realized that most of them liked this experience and found it useful.


Comments: 0 Date: 25 Jul 2012

Traveling Learning Communtiy

Yesterday afternoon TLC or Traveling Learning Community shared with the wider community what they have been doing throughout the school year. Afternoon was sunny and hot but children presented with joy, and lots of laughter pieces of history through historical figures in the play. Languages were presented, recited and sang poems, and the fun part was English grammar given to children through the cake testing. If last year was focused on Big Bang or the beginning of our home planet, this year they have "zoomed" in and focused on the insects.

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Comments: 0 Date: 26 Apr 2012

Be true not violent

This is a peace programfor children, youth and adults, abouthow they can solve their conflicts peacefully. This is for creating awarenessat every age in order to create peaceful surroundings.Be True Not Violent is a violence prevention programme for schools and socialinstitutions. The curriculum is structured in a way so that it can be usedinternationally: for children in trouble spots, in developing countries andalso in a daily environment in the western context.It was written by Rita Erben, Astrid Kummer and Emanuele Scanziani.

Since August 2012 it was developed as a model project inAikyam School inAuroville. This International Peace Handbook is also supported by Terre des Hommes(Help for children in Distress, Germany) and will be distributed worldwide.


Comments: 0 Date: 12 Jan 2013

Education Experiences

There are about 500 children in Auroville, and most of them are studying in Auroville schools. My friend Atchuthan and I (Seraphina) thought of interviewing some children in different schools and asking about how they feel studying in an Auroville school, rather than elsewhere. We visited Deepanam, and there we interviewed the 8th grade Unicorns class, and later went to Transition to interview some random graded students.

The children gave wonderful opinions about the education system in Auroville, how it is more a free progress school teaching, and not a place where you are forced to study only.


Comments: 0 Date: 17 Jul 2012

Peacebuilding in Aikiyam School

This morning, everyone was invited to come to Aikiyam School in New Creation to participate in the unveiling of colorful Peace Flags painted by Tamil children from Auroville's surrounding villages. What does 'Peace' mean to the kids? How did they get motivated to express their understanding of Peace in an artistic way? Deborah from America, who has come to Auroville as a volunteer, has been working in Aikiyam School for two months and explains to us the project's background and the philosophy of her work.

Some parts of the program are translated in Tamil.


Comments: 0 Date: 20 Mar 2012