From July 3 to 7, 2017, a five-day ‘Theatre Arts in Integral Education Camp’ was held for Master Resource Persons of the Ministry of Education, Puducherry. Conducted by Ravi Shanker and Kiran – both practitioners in the field of Integral Education at Sri Aurobindo Society – 20 participants underwent a transcendental journey via this camp. It was held at three venues in Puducherry, namely, DSE Complex, Society Hall and SAS Sharanam Amphitheatre.
On July 8, 2017, Mirambika School for New Age (MSFNA), Bengaluru, hosted a workshop for principals on “Innovations in curriculum design and challenges in the present-day education system”. Conducted by Bangalore Sahodaya Schools Complex at the MSFNA campus, the workshop was attended by around 60 school principals.
A three-day workshop was organized for pre-primary teachers of AuroMirra International School, Bengaluru, from May 29 to 31, 2017. ICIE Research Associate, Shanker, conducted the workshop and introduced several Integral Education concepts to the 10 teachers attending via indoor/outdoor games, group discussions and craftwork, among others.
A couple of workshops on ‘Explorations of the Inner Self’ were held on June 1 and 4, 2017, at the Society House in Puducherry for 20 students of Sardar Patel University, Gujarat,. The workshops were facilitated by Ravi Shanker and Kiran – both practitioners in the field of Integral Education at Sri Aurobindo Society.
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).