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Stokes Wood Good Values Club Event (SSEHV)

Lady Gretton, Lord-Lieutenant, the official representative of Her Majesty The Queen for the County and City of Leicester was the chief guest for the first ISSE (UK) event where around fifty children from two schools and twenty-five volunteers from around the country and abroad gathered together to experience and bring alive the values of Love, Peace, Truth, Right Conduct and Non-Violence whilst engaging in fun activities; the activities included singing, craft making, martial art, sports, drama, assemblies and daily SSEHV lessons using the five components of the Direct Method – Quotations, stories, songs, silent sitting and worksheet based activities which used ‘educare’ process of drawing out the inherent values from within in children.

An overcast sky and rain over the week 26th to 30th May 2014 did not deter children and adults alike participating in the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Programme who were rewarded with joy and peace within.

The venue for the event was Stokes Wood Primary School located near a large council estate; this drew children from one of the most deprived areas of Leicester. Despite the dismal weather the children were enthusiastic and attended all days. As one parent remarked, ‘ I was pleasantly shocked when my younger daughter got up by herself demanding to attend the programme on the second day when she was poorly. She kept praising everyone including teachers and made lovely friends. This was very uplifting to see!’

Feedback from parents and children was very positive. The Head teacher who was present for most of the week remarked that it was an ‘excellent week overall’ and was grateful for ‘this wonderful opportunity.’

Steve White, the Head of the` School s Development and Sport Authority Leicester’ (SDSA) praised the programme and remarked supporting it in schools. Councillor Manjula Sood, former mayor of Leicester City Council was pleased to represent Abbey Primary Community School. Dr. Kiran Patel, National chair for the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation (UK) explained the relevance of SSEHV and the role it played in moulding the character of children and nation building.

The event brought together the School, the Good Values Club, the Institute of Sathya Sai Education (UK) and the Sri Sathya Sai Organisation (UK).

Deepak Fakey, OBE
Director, Institute of Sathya Sai Education (UK)