The most precious gift you can give to a child is the love of learning.

The Mother

OBJECTS AND APPROACH

Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education strives towards the evolution of a system of integral education, of an environment that inspires children to develop the five essential aspects of personality: the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual. There is an underlying unity in all knowledge, which the artificial boundaries between academic subjects fail to emphasise. The Centre encourages its students to choose subjects without regard to specialisation or the pressures of having to choose a career.

Life has a divine purpose and one of the most important tasks of education is to lead the student to discover for himself the aim of life and the specific role that he himself has to play in it.

"The new aim is to help the child to develop his intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, moral, spiritual being and his communal life and impulses out of his own temperament and being," says Sri Aurobindo.

The Centre's approach is therefore not merely academic but dynamic and integral. Knowledge is not something that it seeks to impart to the student; rather opportunities and carefully selected material are presented to him in such a way as to stimulate him to an inner activity by which real knowledge can be evoked from within.

After all, the child is essentially a soul with a body, life-energy and mind; he needs to be helped to develop integrally and harmoniously. The Centre tries to provide the fullest possible development of the physical, a fruitful channelisation of the life-energy in pursuits that contribute to the growth of the personality, a thourough training of the mental faculties in the humanities and sciences, and, through a powerful spiritual atmosphere, the requisite help for the soul to come forward and gradually begin to govern the rest of the being.

The Centre is relatively small with about 400 students. This is to ensure that teachers and instructors can pay as much attention to each child as possible. A typical class has only twelve or thirteen children; many classes and other activities have even fewer children.

"The aim of education", the Mother wrote, "is not to prepare the individual student to succeed in life and society, but to increase his perfectibility to the utmost." In keeping with this aim, the Centre of Education awards no degrees or diplomas, but attempts to provide an atmosphere where knowledge is sought for the sake of knowledge and for the building up of the character.




A basket-ball match







Children learning painting







The Resource Centre