Learning can be fun if combined with the right kind
of teaching and the Education in Human Values (EHV) festival
conducted by the INSITUTE OF SRI SATHYA SAI EDUCATION (Mumbai) drives
home this point.
The Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation, held its 5th Annual, Music / Dance and Drama Festival at Dharmakshetra. Spanning two wonderful value – filled days, the festival had been organised by the resource persons in the Institute of the Sri Sathya Sai Education. Over 34 schools across the city of Mumbai had participated in the event. Though the students had been invited for competitions, it was anything but an excercise in one-upmanship.The spirited cheering that each team did for all the others, proved that the children were there in the true spirit of competition. They were living all that they had learnt in the EHV programme.
The main purpose of the entire programme is to reinforce the Godward journey of man and to urge future citezens on through a life of Human Values. This theme was radiating in every event of the day. In The Fancy Dress, the character had to be from mythology, a saint, or a patriot. This served to remind both students and teachers of the Dharmic lessons entailed in each of their stories. One saw a Tukaram, dancing to the name of the Lord, Gandhi urging the audience on to a life of peace and sacrifice, a Krishna reinstating man’s faith in God, a Mother Teresa, personifying the message: ‘Service to Man is Service to God!’
The Folk Dances had to depict a festival from any part of India. The hall reverberated with the rythm of the Dandia, the energy of the Bhangra, the devotion of the Kainukathalli, and instantly one was transported to the tea gardens of Assam, the huts of Kerela, the garden valleys of Orissa. All this, to delightfully emphasise the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God.
The Group Songs were a medly of patriotism, self-respect and love, pronouncing the greatness of Bharat, urging man to embrace peace, calling on God to bless one and all with love, forbearance and happiness. The tunes melted one’s heart and the sincerity with which they were sung, simply stirred the soul!!
The Value – based projects and magazines were stunning examples of the beauty that can be created when creativity synergises with Human Values. Meticulously spun, these repertoires of stories, drawings and articles spoke in few words, the essence of thousands of scriptures man has created and learnt since the dawn of human life.
The beauty of the event was that students and teachers, sat together in the true spirit of Om Sahana Vavatu...’ to understand, analyse and apply Human Values into such delightful presentations, that made one introspect and learn.
The most striking feature of the event was the format of the results. In a mode of loving acceptance and encouragement, there were only two categories of winners. The ‘Good Performances’ and the ‘Outstanding Performances’, so that every child walked out with a prize, in either of the categories.’ The sheer success of this excellent concept, could be made out in the delighted cheers of students from every single school participating that day.
One may call the event just another competition, but for those who were there, they witnessed with baited breath, but a glimpse of the glorious future that Swami has in store for the world. A future emanating form the repository of Human Values, on to the fulfilment of every man, woman and creature on this earth!!