Sri Aurobindo Society conducted its annual workshop on Integral Education ‘Basic Course in Integral Education—Theory and Approaches’ in Puducherry, from May 10 to 20, 2017, for teachers, principals, educationists and parents. The pan-India 45 participants undertook a transformational journey through the principles and practice of Integral Education, as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Ravi Shanker, Creative Director, Theatre Arts in Integral Education at SAS presented ‘Scope of Theatre Arts for Integral Education’ as guest speaker on May 30, 2017, to 50 government-run schools’ Head Masters and Head Mistresses at the Directorate of School Education Complex, Government of Puducherry.
ICIE conducted a seven-day workshop on Integral Education from March 1 to 7, 2017, in the Society House in Puducherry for a group of 16 teachers associated with the Bejon Desai Foundation, Nashik. The participants undertook a transformational journey through the principles and practice of Integral Education, as envisioned by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.
Sri Aurobindo Siksha Kendra school at Bishnupur in West Bengal is an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society and Bishnupur Uchchal Probaho, West Bengal. The school was inaugurated on January 6, 2017, and has been observing many activities in the months of January and February 2017.
Divyanshi Chugh of Auroville has been conducting a series of seminars at Savitri Bhavan, Auroville, on a central theme ‘Integrality in All Spheres of Life’. On January 19, 2017, she presented the topic Integral Education, with the guest speakers Shivakumar and Manoj Pavitran.
Auro Mirra International School, Bengaluru, initiated a project wherein they focus on ‘a value a month’ by taking up a different value each month. So stories, anecdotes, poems and songs are gathered around those values and the very first theme in October 2016 was ‘Truth’—Talash hai (There Is a Search).
Several workshops for teachers and parents including Integral Project, Music and Language and Music and Tales were conducted by Harvinder Kaur, Director, ICIE on 16, 20 and 25 August, 2016, at their school premises of Auro Mirra International School (AMIS) in Bengaluru.
On November 12 to 15 and 18, 2016, a series of orientation workshops were held at the Society House in Puducherry for eight faculty members of Sri Aurobindo Siksha Kendra school at Bishnupur in West Bengal. The school, slated to start in January, 2017, is an initiative of Sri Aurobindo Society and Bishnupur Uchchal Probaho.
From October 12–14, 2016, ICIE organized a series of workshops for 35 teachers from Ratlam and Indore held at Matri Vidya Mandir, Ratlam, to help them explore their hidden potentials as teachers and introduce them to various elements of Integral Education through the processes of performing and visual arts.
On October 13 and 14, 2016, an Introductory Art & Craft Workshop was conducted with 25 teachers of Matri Vidya Mandir, Ratlam. The workshop’s main objective was to integrate arts and crafts in the classrooms to ensure a holistic and creative growth of the students.