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228 Teachers from All India successfully complete 1st National Value Educator Workshop conducted by HEMA Foundation and Gurukula Kangri (Deemed to be University), in January 2022.

Teachers and counsellors of the 1st national value educator workshop actively immerse themselves in the ocean of learning, “how to implement value education in schools”?

A first of its kind workshop initiated by HEMA Foundation and Gurukula Kangri (Deemed to be University), Haridwar covered various in-depth teaching modules. The framework of this workshop covered in detail topics like key elements of values, social emotional learning competencies, role of parents in integrating values for life, values in Vedas, value integration with academics, experiential pedagogy, how to live with values, healing through stories. Teachers and counsellors were provided with ready to use course materials on value education and a dedicated value education e-learning portal www.hemvirtues.com. Close to 2,67,000 India student, 5100 Teachers and 4300 schools have already registered and using the e-portal www.hemvirtues.com for value education. This value-based education movement is laying a strong foundation in India for education

The teachers and counsellors from across India were overwhelmed and lauded the genuine and honest efforts taken by HEMA Foundation towards working at grassroot level by disseminating well-crafted values for moral education contents with a support of technology tools and year around assistance for teachers for effective implementation at schools through e-portal learning medium.

The 6 Day Value Educator Workshop faculty comprised of eminent value education thought leaders, Mrs Anita Maheshwari, Trustee and Creative Director, HEMA Foundation; Dr. Chinu Agrawal, renowned Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Trustee, HEMA Foundation and Director, Feeling Minds; Dr. Vijayam Ravi, Academic Director, HEMA Foundation; Dr. Seema Negi, Associate Director (Academics), HEMA Foundation and Director Principal, Sanjeevani World School, Prof. Rakesh Kumar (Jain), Department of Psychology, Gurukula Kangri (Deemed to be University) and Prof. Dharmendra Shastri, Department of Veda, Gurukula Kangri (Deemed to be University).

The topics covered included:

  1. Key elements of values

  2. Social emotional learning competencies

  3. Role of parents in integrating values for life

  4. Values in Vedas,

  5. Value integration with academics

  6. Experiential pedagogy, how to live with values,

  7. Healing through stories.

  8. Value education e-learning module www.hemvirtues.com.

Anita Maheshwari, Trustee and Creative Director, HEMA Foundation expressed that “every human is well recognized through his knowledge and social behavior and both elements are crucial for holistic development. If knowledge is the key to success, then value systems are the steps for growth. This is the area where teachers and counselors can work effectively and help students gain holistic development through value education”. Mrs. Anita S Maheshwari elaborated about "Healing from Real Stories" through the three concepts’ "stories", "healing" and "real case studies" with some amazing real-life examples. She then emphasized upon the impact of role models in our lives and how it is the job of both teachers and parents to not only be good role models themselves but present appropriate people and their stories in front of them from time to time so that they can get inspired and not only emulate them but they themselves also strive to be great one day through this form of cultural education.

Dr Chinu Agrawal renowned Psychologist and Psychotherapist, Trustee, HEMA Foundation and Director, Feeling Minds shared about research by John Hopkins University which states that many children are feeling demoralized and do not have confidence and courage to deal with life and the average age of depression has come down to 14 years. The victims of most suicides happening across world are in the age of group of 15 to 29 years. Dr Chinu Agrawal added that “it is important to discuss values in day-to-day life and that’s the reason HEMA Foundation has taken this initiative. The teachers and counselors’ community should make this an interesting topic through psychological integration rather than instruction based communication with children short films are the mode through which HEMA Foundation is making this communication relatable to children. Teachers participating in this 6-day National Value Educator program here have an important role to play through discussion techniques using experiential pedagogy. This is to not impose, direct or instruct but to take them through David Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle.”. Dr Chinu Agrawal also touched upon the role of parents in integrating values in life of their child. This aspect will be playing a larger role in this mission of Value education. Dr Chinu Agrawal stressed upon the need for Teachers and counsellors to start communicating with parents in an effective way by factually, scientifically, naturally, in an unbiased fashion, through the weightage of research-based evidence present the need to stress upon developing values in children.

Dr. Vijayam Ravi, Academic Director, HEMA Foundation, an academician par excellence, having a phenomenal experience of over 40 years in the field of Education, has done extensive research on the topic of integrating human values in subject teaching and has produced HEM Harmonise, books on the value integration with subjects. The session on Value integration with academic subjects was conducted in an interactive mode with the help of PowerPoint presentations, videos, role plays, discussions with the participants and sharing of anecdotes and stories. The participants were taught how important is the teacher's role in character building of the students and not just subject teaching for learning lessons. Dr Vijayam Ravi said “teachers don't have to cover the topics, they must uncover them”. It was demonstrated how subjects of English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and PE all can be effectively integrated with value education to help children become better human beings. The participants were delighted and mesmerized by the entire experience.

Dr. Seema Negi, a renowned academician and an illustrious name in the education fraternity, an excellent orator, a dynamic leader, the Associate Director (Academics) of HEMA Foundation and Director Principal of Sanjeevani World School Mumbai, delivered a highly interactive session and the participants were kept on their toes with one amazing experiential activity after another. The participants learnt how teachers can help students to imbibe values through day-to-day processes like morning greeting, taking attendance, parent teacher meetings, result days etc only with some thoughtfulness and creativity. There were many AHA moments for the participants when they discovered that values are present in each interaction that they do with their students, it's only a matter of bringing it to conscious awareness and practice. They shared many of their own experiences as well.

Prof Dr. Rakesh Jain, an academician, Psychologist, researcher and innovator par excellence and an illustrious name in the psychology fraternity, an excellent author, a popular teacher, Head of the Department of Psychology, Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar conducted a session which was highly interactive. Right from the beginning Dr Jain involved the participants in the discussion about values and successfully illustrated with the help of many examples, the cardinal or the signature values by which a person is known. In a very simple language, Dr Jain explained the distinction between constructive and destructive values, our basic needs, and their relevance to Values through Maslow's theory of Hierarchy. Lived Values create role modelling for the next generations, wherein he cited Bandura for Observational learning and Carl Roger for explaining the inherent value of human beings and how one should not judge their behaviour.

Prof Dharmendra Shastri, Department of Vedas, Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya an accomplished scholar of Vedas emphasized that the objective of education is to bring forth human qualities of Empathy, Dutifulness, Purity of Living and Conduct, Austerity, Patience, Forgiveness, Truthfulness, Calmness, Contentment and Honesty. The participants were greatly influenced by both the speakers to uphold value based living and promote the same in children.

Mr Mahendra Kabra, Managing Trustee, HEMA Foundation stated that “value educators are society creators and with this theme HEMA Foundation started Value Educator workshop. All participants here after completing their journey of value education through this workshop will now play an active role in creating value-based societies. Value education brings social revolution. The 48 values as identified by NCERT is the core focus area through which HEMA Foundation’s e-learning module based on educational short films is helping the teachers in transforming students into responsible citizens of the future.”

Dr Chinu Agrawal apart from delivering various engaging and immersive sessions also shared details of HEMOTSAV awards, wherein every teacher, school and students will be recognised for actively engaging in value education programs.

Towards the end all the participating Teachers and counsellors expressed their gratitude towards the Trustees of HEMA Foundation, an NGO in Mumbai with reach all over the world, for conducting such knowledge based intense workshop as a CSR initiative without causing any financial burden to all the educational institutions.

Feeling Minds, Indian Development Foundation and Association of Progressive Schools of Agra (APSA) were the partners in progress for this 6 day workshop.

HEMA Foundation, a non government organisation is the philanthropic arm of RR Kabel (RR Global) working relentlessly towards meeting its vision to cultivate a conscious understanding of human values in individuals to help them coexist peacefully and harmoniously.

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