|Volume 4 - Issue 07 JULY 2006||
“BRIDGE” - BE READY TO INSPIRE AND DIRECT GOODNESS EVERYWHERE
- A meeting held on Educare from 18-19th March 2006 in Milan, Italy.
By Mrs. Prini Wimalachandra
The Educare conference in Italy was held on 18th - 19th March 2006 at Natura Docet, a foundation set up and managed by Sai devotees in Italy, next to Mother Sai House, the Sai Temple in Italy which is also a sports facility for disabled children, where Sai devotees work as volunteers and offer their time and expertise as part of their service. Mrs. Prini's account follows below.
Aims Of The Meeting
There was also interesting news from around Europe regarding the Sai work that is being carried out.
Vesna has organized an Educare programme in Vukovar, a town completely destroyed during the break up of former Yugoslavia. The programme was conducted jointly by Sai devotees from Croatia and Serbia for the two ethnic groups of Serbs and Croats. Vesna is the author of the first book written on Swami in the Balkans, called Bhagawatha.
Readers may also be interested to learn about the public meeting organised by the Sathya Sai Organisation of Serbia and Montenegro held in Belgrade, on 12th March 2006, attended by over 200 people, including the Indian ambassador. Vesna Krmpotić inspired the audience speaking on Bhagavan and His Educare work and Dr Upadhyaya from London spoke on Swami’s humanitarian projects. The audience could see a film ‘His Work’, and learn from an exhibition and from the many books available.
Bosnia & Herzegovina
There are many projects and activities being carried out in Spain and a valiant effort is being undertaken to share the Educare programme in various cities. Educare presentations have been done in Granada, Madrid and other cities. Luis and Soraya from Las Palmas, Canary Islands are running an educare programme in a state school ‘Las Torres’.
George Bebedelis of Greece gave us an insight into the key concepts of Educare using teachings of Swami and drawing comparisons and parallels with great Greek philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle and Socrates.
Felix Wust from Switzerland who is an editor and owner of a publishing house that publishes medical journals presented the magazine ‘SWISS MED’ dedicated to health care and the Sri Sathya Sai Super Specialty Hospitals. It also contains interviews with Dr. Safaya, Director of the Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Medical Sciences and Dr. M.W. Krucoff, an eminent cardiologist from USA .
Suzanne Carenini from Tichino, Switzerland, Education coordinator for zone 6 has been tirelessly working to share and spread the Message of Educare in the region. She is a children’s book illustrator and together with her husband Dr Chino Carenini have produced a calendar on health care with values based illustrations to be distributed free of charge in schools. She is also working on an introductory kit on Educare that can be given out to members of the public interested in the programme.
There were presentations on a school project ‘Science and Human Values’ and work carried out with intellectually disabled children on anger management in Ticino. We also enjoyed various presentations from Greece and Slovenia on activities done by them with children from their centres and groups in their respective countries.
It was indeed heartening to see the inspirational work being carried out by Sai members overcoming many challenges and hardships. At the end of the conference all the participants went away inspired and energised to carry on our work in sharing the Message of Bhagavan Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
EHV Work In Israel And In Other Countries
As we reported in an earlier article in H2H (Go here to read it again), during her time in Israel, Prini was able to teach the Sathya Sai Human Values programme to students at the International Education Assistance Centre, popularly know as the UN School, in Nahariyya. Carole Alderman, the Education coordinator, Sathya Sai Organization of UK, came to conduct a very successful teacher training workshop.
Talking about her first experience with EHV, Mrs. Prini says,
“My first experience with teaching Human Values was in Auckland, New Zealand as a teacher of Sathya Sai Spiritual Education at the Mt Eden Centre. I later joined a group of Sai Devotees in introducing the Sathya Sai Human Values programme to children in Rongamai Primary school, a public school in Otara, a suburb of Auckland. The programme was well accepted by the teachers and was recommended to the ministry of Education. As a result of which and with the official recognition by the ministry, the Sathya Sai Institute of New Zealand is now running a Pre-School officially known as the Sathya Sai Pre-school, in the premises of Rogamai Primary School in Otara.
Moving on to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1998, I had the opportunity to teach Sathya Sai Human Values Programme in Čengić Villa Primary School in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina. The principal of the school was very supportive and gave me all the help and encouragement to conduct the programme. In 2005 Azra Jacic commenced an Educare training programme for teachers in this school, which is an ongoing programme. With the help of Azra, we were also able to conduct weekly classes for young adults on values and self development as taught by Baba, at the Technical School of Sarajevo. Later, along with the youth members of the Sai Centre we conducted human values classes to children in a suburb of Sarajevo, as part of a project conducted by a local NGO.
Heart2Heart is very grateful to Mrs. Prini Wimalachandra for sharing with us her experiences concerning EHV. Presently she is living in Cyprus having come from Pakistan, where she engaged in very successful EHV work with a school, gaining local media interest. To read the fascinating accounts of her EHV experience in other countries as recounted to Radio Sai earlier go here.
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