Showcase of Projects

AMAYE
(Ananda Marga Association of Yoga Educators)

Contact: Dada Vishvarupananda
Email:
Phone: +1 3017387122
Website: https://amaye.org/
Location: Washington DC, USA

Project description:
The purpose of AMAYE is to facilitate networking among yoga educators, to interface with other associations and individuals who also support research and education in Yoga, Tantra and allied sciences, and to encourage academic exchanges among educators engaged in the research and teaching of yoga theory and practice as elucidated by Marga Guru Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji. This association is established under the aegis of Kulapati of Ananda Marga Gurukula for educational purposes only.


Balya Yoga – Yoga For Children

Contact: Barbara Ladisa & Gianni Zollo
Email:
Phone: 0039 3772631343
Website:http://www.yogaperbambini.it/
Location: Italy

Project description:
Balyayoga® is a new method of doing yoga with children. Balyayoga® aims to bring yoga workshops for children aged 3 to 13 into public and private schools in Italy. We have been working with children for over twenty years, using the language of play and fantasy to be able to communicate with the little ones. For six years Balyayoga® has become a training method for those who want to become yoga teachers for children. Balyayoga® is currently one of the most popular and well known courses in all Italy, with over 1300 graduates throughout the country.

Project background:
We started more than twenty years ago, struggling to bring yoga for children to public schools in Bari, a small city in southern Italy. When we started nobody knew yoga for children in our city, and everyone thought we were “crazy”: “How can a child do yoga, which is considered a discipline only for adults?” But the first experimental labs went well. Children, teachers and parents were enthusiastic! We continued by involving more and more children and schools in the project and arranging and modifying the method “on demand”. After several years we started with training; we noticed that even adults let themselves be inspired and more motivated to work with children, if they could also involve their own “Inner Child”. ur initial goal was to propose yoga to children and make them known it and be
inspired, and now we are trying to introduce and inspire about yoga for children … even adults!

We have published 3 books in Italy (at the moment only Italian language)
“Raktim Kishalay- yoga per bambini”, Adda editore;
“Il metodo Balyayoga®- Yoga per bambini” Gelsorosso editore;
“Le carte del metodo Balyayoga®”, Gelsorosso editore.

At the moment we are printing other gadgets: pins, magnets, towels, t-shirts and bags. We would also like to publish our books in English

Centru Tbexbix

Contact:
Deborah Falzon
Email:
Phone: 0035 679095448
Website: www.tbexbix.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheSunriseCentre
Location: 61, Triq San Lazzru, Bormla BML 1140, Malta

Project Description :
Ċentru Tbexbix, winner of the 2018 Malta Social Impact Awards and Voluntary Organisation of the Year in Malta 2017, is an NGO based in Cospicua providing educational and social programmes to people across generations in Cottonera and beyond. Focusing on Neohumanistic Education and encouraging holistic development, our programmes create conditions for self-empowerment, promote intercultural volunteerism, and improve well-being across generations. Helping more than 1000 children, youth, families and seniors over the past 13 years, the centre is a place where people have access to learning and social opportunities helping them to feel a sense of belonging and experience happiness; so much so that many of our attendees have said that the centre is their second family.

Project Background:

Why and how did it begin?
Inspired by the global spiritual and social service organization Ananda Marga and the international movement of Neohumanistic Education, Ċentru Tbexbix was founded by Katherine Azzopardi, George Azzopardi, and other members of the Ananda Marga organisation in 2006. The centre was originally founded because of the need for after-school English lessons to children in the Cottonera community, an area in Malta with a high percentage of children and families that face emotional, social and financial challenges on a daily basis. When the group of children started to grow, the founders decided to buy a building they could develop as the premises of the centre. When the building was bought back in 1999, it had been vacant for many years, and used as a local dump for almost as long. Several dedicated volunteers laboured tirelessly to transform the two-storey dilapidated building into a suitable place to house the community-based project.

What was the goal?
The primary goal was for the centre to provide an opportunity for children in the Cottonera community to learn English, an opportunity which they had minimal access to at the time the centre started offering its afterschool English Club programme. Over time, the main goal has become to provide a neohumanistic approach to education to children that focuses on holistic development, emphasises creative self-expression, and promotes the practice of love for others and all creation, together with social support to children’s families in the community. The centre’s programmes are: an afterschool and Summer Club NHE programme for children from the Cottonera community; a Yoga Shoots morning programme for primary and secondary school students around Malta; an NHE and social programme for seniors; and a volunteering programme for international young people and local seniors. By providing access to opportunities for free educational and social programmes, the centre aims to help its intergenerational beneficiaries recognise their self-worth, begin to love themselves and experience joy while creating opportunities for self-empowerment so that people can break the cycle of poverty which has been passed down across generations, overcome challenges together, rise to their full potential and ultimately live a better life.

What are its most notable achievements?
The most notable achievement for the centre is that over the past 13 years, Ċentru Tbexbix has had a positive impact on the lives of over 1000 children, young people, adults and seniors. Through the support received from the Centre, children and young people from broken homes who had previously failed exams have developed their creativity and literacy skills, with many flourishing over the years as they attended our programmes. In fact, we’ve had children now moving on to further their education at MCASTand University. Previously unemployed mothers have managed to find employment and women experiencing domestic violence have received necessary support, become more aware and self-empowered, and managed to escape their abusive environment. Many intercultural volunteers have continued to specialise in work in the social field, NHE and Yoga and Meditation, creating a positive impact in their own communities. Other local volunteers, adults and seniors have found a safe haven and a community at the centre that allows them to feel a strong sense of self-worth and belonging. From starting an afternoon English Club, over time, more activities started to be provided in the children’s after school programme, including yoga and meditation, arts and crafts, sports, dance, drama, music and singing, amongst others. As more parents and guardians started to send their children to the centre and started to notice the developmental benefits their children were experiencing, recommendations through word-of-mouth within the Cottonera community increased the number of attendees of our programmes. In 2008, the centre was accredited as a hosting organisation for European Voluntary Service (now termed European Solidarity Corps) volunteers through the EU volunteering programme, adding a strong intercultural component. The centre continued to develop a positive, supportive, respectful and resourceful reputation within the Cottonera community and beyond, making it possible for the centre to reach out and network with different organisations and associations and develop an excellent sustainable track record. Over time, the founders started to realise that the difficulties children presented tended to stem from systemic family issues; thus, programmes for the children’s families and other members of the community started to be provided. Additionally, the centre organises mornings of Yoga Shoots for children from different schools across Malta at the centre consisting of three hours of Neohumanistic Educational activities. Currently, the centre provides all-year round educational and social support programmes for children, young people, families and seniors in Cottonera and beyond.

The Commedia School

Contact: Ruth Lerche
Email:
Phone: +45 61652094
Website: www.commediaschool.com
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Project Description
The Commedia School is a professional-level international theatre school that has many of its graduates working in children’s theatre and using Theatre In Education in schools.

Project Background`
It began in Stockholm in 1978 and has produced theatre people and creative performers working on all continents. We changed the status of women in theatre in Burkina Faso giving them the possibility to wear masks on stage for the firsttime. Also two active Didis graduated from the school before they became Didis. From 1978 until 2019 is a long time. We have survived.

AMGK  – Ananda Marga Gurukula

Contact:
Arete Brim
Email:
Website: https://gurukul.edu/,
Location: AMGK Global Liaison, Ithaca, NY

Project Description

Ananda Marga Gurukula is an international educational network of schools and institutes engaged in teaching, research and service. It is based on the holistic philosophy of Neohumanism which stands for “the practice of love for all creation including plants, animals and the inanimate world” as propounded by philosopher-seer Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. <>

NHE Schools are invited to meet the standards and affiliate to AM Gurukula. We are also always looking for volunteers to help with administrative work and for NHE professionals to help with mentoring fledgling NHE Schools

Project Background:
AM Gurukula was founded in September 1990 by Shrii P. R. Sarkar both as a university in the making and also as the Board of Education of NHE schools around the world. In the latter capacity, AM Gurukula sets standards and supports schools in raising their standards. AM Gurukula to date has held many international Gurukula Conferences starting in 1991, has published the bi-yearly newsletter/journal Gurukula Network since 1995, created Standards for NHE Schools, and has produced many publications and two distance learning programs for NHE Teacher Education.

GANE – Global Association of Neohumanist Educators

Contact:
Arete Brim
Email:
Website: http://gane-educators.org/,
Location: AMGK Global Liaison, Ithaca, NY

The Global Association of Neohumanist Educators (GANE) is a membership association for the professional development of Neohumanist educators worldwide, strengthening our global network of schools and teachers and coordinating and promoting Neohumanist Education on the regional and international level. Whether working in Schools, Institutes, Yoga Academies, Prout Institutes, Master Units, Wellness Centers, Neohumanist Centers, etc., GANE brings together all NHE Educators on a common platform. <>

All NHE Schools are invited to join GANE as are individuals working in or interested in NHE related projects. We are also looking to increase our networking and resource base, and welcome volunteers to help with this work.

GANE was formed in 2014 by AM Gurukula to enhance networking between schools and teachers, provide a directory of NHE schools around the world, develop Teacher Education programs, hold international NHE conferences, publish books, develop materials and resources, collaborate with others working to improve the field of education, and to effect global educational policies.

Community project – Kyrgyzstan
Yoga For Kids

Contact:
Kindergarten Sunshine
Email:
Phone: +996 555701709
Facebook/Instagram: sunshine.kg
Location: Kyrgyzstan

Project description :
Yoga For Kids

Project background :
We started this project four months ago, after I went to Romanian for training. I realized that our children are under huge pressure and day by day we push them more and more. Our kindergarten parents put us in a strict framework. Also, we as teachers day by day make lots of mistakes which influence our children’s lives. Our journey has just started and even in the beginning of that wonderful way, we already see how it’s positively workingon us and our children.

The River School – Neohumanist Education for Life

Contact: Ann Donoghoe
Email:
Phone: +61 7 54943559 (school number)
Website: https://riverschool.com.au/
Location: Maleny, Queensland, Australia

Project Description
The River School and Early Childcare Centre is a thriving, loving community providing multi-dimensional learning for 200 young people and their families. Teaching programs are designed with our Neohumanist philosophy as the starting point – love, respect and kindness to all – for innovative and engaging processes achieving Australian curriculum outcomes and importantly meeting the needs of individual learning styles and needs.
Learning experiences are continually built upon to encourage students to strive for their best, take risks, and challenge themselves to expand their learning to higher levels of achievement. Students are supported through the development of a strong sense of self as a learner and our values program to feel a sense of pride and ownership of their learning and choices. Our staff wear their Neohumanist lenses with the love and kindness that embodies the heart of our School.

Project Background
In the mid 1980s, 52 acres of farm and rainforest land was purchased by a group of like-minded individuals keen to establish a community housing cooperative. Initially the land was known as the Maleny Land Community (a number of the original shareholders still reside on the community land above the School), and is now known as the Prout Community Settlement Cooperative. Many of the original residents identified as Ananda Marga, hence the Sanskrit name for the land – Ananda (bliss, happiness) Kamala (lotus). In the beginning the PROUT Cooperative agreed to set aside 25 acres of land as a service project to provide an opportunity for local families to educate their children within a Neohumanist framework.
In 1995, the school received its stamp of approval by the Department of Education. The school began with 23 students of mixed ages learning as one family in the original farm house. Dada Ratnaprakash (whom many knew as Dada Ratnadevananda) was appointed Principal in October 1995, and remained in that position until December 2010. Prabha was appointed Administrator and spent eighteen dedicated years, including three of those years in the Principal position, developing, nurturing and building the heart and love that is the River School. In 2014, Jenny Oakley took over the helm as Principal, and in 2017, Ann Donoghoe, a staff member of the River School since 1997, was appointed current Principal.
The River School has had an amazing journey over the last 24 years. We have continued to grow from strength to strength as our whole school understanding of Neohumanism and how to implement it on a practical level has become clearer. The recent name change from “Ananda Marga River School” to “The River School – a Neohumanist Education for Life” is indicative of our emphasis on Neohumanism as the cornerstone and heart of our school.

Education for Every Child especially focused on Girls

Contact:
Ananda Marga Gurukula Vidhyashram
Dada Kamalkantananda
Email:
Phone: 00977 9851235936
Location: Ishworpur-2 Sarlahi, Kathmandu, Nepal

Project Description:
This project aims to educate every single child, especially girls, because in this area of Terai-Madhesh people neglect and ignore to provide their daughters with proper education. They think that girls or daughters are their burden as they will go to others’ home after their marriage.

As the area was very backward with mostly illiterate peasants and shepherds, 13 years
back we decided to start our school there with two volunteers in a single room on top of a cow-shed.

Project Background :
A man named Madhukarji from that area used to work as electricity meter reader in a far town where he noticed our AMSAI School running in a systematic way. He repeatedly contacted the school committee and requested them to visit his village with the intent to open the same type of school in his village.

Education for Bright Future of CWSN Children focused on Visual Impaired
Children: Method of Inclusion

Contact:
Syamasundar Panigrahi
Email:
Phone: 0091 9438265646, 0091 9556545686
Location: Southern part of Odisha State, India

Project Description:
Approach to teaching, ensuring learning, connecting knowledge to life, symbolic understanding model, enriching curriculum, overriding identity, ingratiating them with classroom life

Project Background :
For the last 10 years we have been working in Koraput on Health & inclusive education development. It is one of the schedule district of India, where 70% of the population are tribal. The literacy rate is around 10%. Once our master and founder of Neohumanism Shrii PRSarkar instructed for ARS activities in this area. So based on that, we did ground review and field survey. Now we are running a school having inclusive education (education inclusion for normal kids with poor, orphan, neglected, visual impaired, low vision, MR, children). They can learn in one platform with arrangement of technical support.

Supporting Systems

Contact:
Linda Vishala Baker
Email:
Website: supportingsystems.org and hannahbakerstudio.com
Phone: +1 201-389-4739
Location: New Haven, Connecticut USA

Project Description:
Supporting Systems supports the well-being of all school stakeholders and catalyzes creativity and learning to help and nourish students. Teachers gain classroom tools and a new systemic lens to use when building a learning community in which each child feels they belong and can succeed. Viewing students, families, teachers and administrators as an interconnected ecosystem through this lens allows new resources and learning initiatives to grow.

Project Background:
For 33 years, I was a teacher and school counselor in the New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut, USA. Over time I observed more and more students struggling with difficult situations in their young lives. Yet despite the overwhelming need, both outside community support and internal school system resources decreased for those students and their families. At the same time, there was greater pressure on families and teachers to push students toward higher levels of academic achievement. The result was escalating stress for students, their families, teachers and school leaders. The pain became so great that many educators left the district and the teaching world entirely, and families moved from school to school. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, for schools with over 80 percent Free and Reduced Lunch, the turnover of teachers can be as high as 38 percent.

I believed that the components of ECL (Emotional Well-Being, Creativity and Learning) from the ECL Foundation could provide much-needed support within the school system, so I brought them into practice at Conte West Hills Magnet School for grades pre-K through 8. I started with the “Teachers Circle”, working with a core group of dedicated teachers and supported by the school’s leadership team. I piloted “EQUIP” a peer mentorship program as well as a “Parent Circle” and classroom lessons. Our leaders also trained in ECL and used the perspective and tools developed through the program in their work with teachers, students and parents. Viewing students, families, teachers and administrators as an interconnected ecosystem through the ECL lens allowed new support initiatives to grow. The participating teachers inspired their colleagues, enabling all to support families in the school community. By my last year teaching, the rate of teacher and family turnover at Conte West Hills had been reduced, and we were honored as a Connecticut State Department of Education “School of Distinction”. I felt that it was time to offer the principles of ECL to other schools and organizations.

I founded Supporting Systems in 2017. Since then I have been offering workshops both in person – in schools, as well as in the community – and online through Zoom. I have also presented at several conferences.

I offer access to resources on my website <supportingsystems.org> and through my blog postings, as well as access to trainings and materials. There are also links to ECL books, eBooks, activities, tools and other website resources.

I have an excellent web and visual design person on staff who will also be attending the conference and who has a web and visual design consulting business. I am interested to connect with others who might need her web and visual design consulting services.

Uma Nivas

Contact:
Didi Ananda Rama
Email:
Phone: +91 7838 959836
Website: umanivas.weebly.com
Location: India

Project Description:
Ananda Marga College, Uma Nivas Campus
This will be a women’s college located at Uma Nivas, Ananda Nagar, Dist. Purulia, WB, India. This will be an extension to the existing Ananda Marga College located at Ananda Nagar . It will serve the local rural need for girls to study for a BA course . This project will also have a model school from K to 4 located on the ground floor and the Women’s College will be on the first floor. There is already a Girl’s High School from 5 to 12 operating. With this new addition we will have complete facilities from K to college to be a showcase for NHE. It is located at the hub of Ananda Marga where many are visiting throughout the year and can take inspiration from here. The building is under construction and we are raising funds to have it completed, hopefully by end of 2020.

Project Background :
The primary school has been running since the start of Uma Nivas. It was relocated from its original place to the present place within the Rarh hostel. Now the facility is inadequate to hold both hostel of 50 children and also the primary school of 150 children. Therefore the idea was to have a new school building for the existing primary school of 150 children from K to 4. While we started the construction, girls enrolled in the Ananda Marga College at Ananda Nagar and were placed in temporary facilities at Pundag station. 60 girls enrolled and this year more are expected. Therefore to accommodate them we decided to have another floor with 10 big rooms for the women’s college at Uma Nivas as an additional campus to the registered Ananda Marga College.

The Girl’s High School is well established with 85 girls boarding and having a good routine of yoga, meditation and study. It is an ideal environment for volunteers to join this routine and take spiritual training that we offer.

Morning Star Preschool

Contact:
MahaJyoti Glassman
Email:
Phone: +1 303-831-9311
Website: morningstarpreschool.net
Location: 1224 Washington Street, Denver CO, USA

Project Description :
Licensed preschool for 2 1/2 to 5 year olds. 10 hours a day. All year.

Project Background :
Been around for 30 years. The goal was to provide quality education for inner city families. It is currently rated with 4 out of 5 stars by the State in quality.

Illustrated literature for self-knowledge and awareness

Contact:
Alexia Martinelli
Email:
Phone: +39 3479454211
Location: Verona/Trento (Italy)

Project Description:
We want to present illustrated books as opportunities for growth and not just as an approach to children’s literature. Illustrated books can be real tools for the spread of neohumanist thought in all ages. Also, painting is an opportunity not only for the artists.

Project Background :
Esthetic expression is a big opportunity for our awareness and evolution. The neohumanistic artist is aware of this and creates his works thinking about this. In this particular workshop Amrta and Vistara introduce illustrated literature not for only children but also for teenegers or adults who want to think about themselves and grow up. They show many books with social or special themes without dogma or preconception or commonplace. Then they read a book written and drawn by them with the Satyavrata’s sound theme. In the next time Vistara will lead a particular workshop will lead a design workshop like an art therapy experience .
“One day, as a pure coincidence, Salvatore sent a music to Alexia, a gift arrived in one of his carefree moments on the piano. Alexia received this gift and immediately felt the story of little Haiku and her courage.
Alexia had this story read to Verena who saw the images in front of her. All three recognized this as a gift received and a chance to donate, so they chose that even the same book should have become a means of giving. This is why we have chosen to send the proceeds from the sale to the Amurtel Children’s House in Romania thanks to the collaboration of the ONLUS Cosmic Mind Cooperative.”

Early Childhood Teacher Training in Indonesia (AMURT/AMURTEL)

Contact:
Kalyanii
Email:
Phone: +60 12 382-2617
Website: amurtindonesia.org
Location: Central Java, Indonesia

Project Description
The educational materials being presented are produced as part of AMURT Indonesia’s early childhood teacher training projects (2014-2018 and 2019-2022):

  • Early Childhood Developmental Milestones Posters, Poster Book, Flashcards: covers 6 aspects of development for children aged 0 months to 6 years old
  • First readers for children aged 5-6 years old

Project Background:
Project Background: This project arose from AMURT Indonesia’s intervention in West Sumatra after the Sep 2009 earthquake. AMURT Indonesia decided to help the early childhood sector because no one else (government and NGOs) did so. Over 3 years, we built 24 new buildings and restored 14 damaged buildings of existing early childhood centres. After constructing the initial 3 buildings, we discovered that the teachers had not had any training. Thus began our early childhood teacher training program which is still ongoing today, 9 years later.
As a humanitarian organization, AMURT Indonesia aims to deliver developmental help in line with the requested requirements of the target beneficiaries (educators, communities and local governments). Thus AMURT Indonesia’s objective is to support the government by training early childhood educators to implement the new Indonesian national early childhood curriculum, which happens to be a very progressive, child-centered. The ultimate goal is to nurture happy, healthy and positive children who will grow up to contribute towards building a better world.
From 2010-2018, AMURT Indonesia’s early childhood teacher training projects covered more than 400 teachers and an estimated 6,500 children in West Sumatra and Central Java. 6 model early childhood schools, 20 TOT (Training of Trainers) teachers. In 2019, AMURT Indonesia started a new project sponsored by the German government in Central Java that will cover more than 1,000 teachers and 30,000 children over a 40-month period.

Narayan Seva Children’s Home – Bali

Contact :
Didi A Mohatita, Didi A Samarpita
Email:
Phone: +62 87862669301
Website: www.narayanaseva.com
Location: Bali, Indonesia

Project Description:
We are running a children’s home that was started in June 2004 . At this moment we have 83 kids from toddlers to adults.

Project Background :
1. We want to save children, especially girls.
2. To provide a loving shelter for orphans, single parents, broken families, and abused children.
3. To provide the bestt education based on NHE and holistic way of life.

We realised strongly that we must do something for the Balinese community and kids but we didn’t have any place or fund to support our idea. In the beginning we made a legal foundation and many proposals to support us financially.
We have 4700 sq. meter land donated by a senior Margii. We built 8 buildings for the operation of a children’s home. Since it started around 200 children have passed through Narayan Seva .
Every year, we have around 15 to 18 kids who stand for first to third rank in the school/class. We have created strong and positive support of the community surrounding our home by giving them free yoga and English classes. We have 30 children who have graduated from university. Out of 30 university children we have 4 trained LFTs who have been working with us. We also have purchased some land in order to make a vocational course school in the near future .

I would like to share a story – It was 2007 and we had around 12 children at our home. We were living a very basic style of life .One night it happened that we didn’t have rice to cook for next morning. We worried and slept with thinking we wouldsee tomorrow (usually we cooked soft rice porridge so we could feed everyone). Early next morning we saw an old man carrying around a 15 kg rice bag. Holding it over his head he came on foot to our home. We were surprised to see him coming on foot and I couldn’t recognize him . Then he told that he met me last year and I told him about our home . Then I recall my memory and I remember the incident, but as I met him only once I forgot his face. He mentioned that just last night he arrived in Singaraja to see his family and he remembered about me so he planned to see me, and he thought if he wanted to see Didi then he should bring some rice for the children. He spent around an hour with us and then he left. We sobbed and were very happy to have rice for few more days. But today when I am writing this story I remembered that we have never seen that man again visiting our home in these 15 years and after that day we have never had any food crisis at our home. Our home has an organic farm and we have produced our own organic fertilizer. We used to have biogas but it has broken and it can’t be repaired so we need to make a new one. We also have solar cells for electricity but it needs an expensive battery so we are still in question what to do with the solar panels.

AMSAI Preschool – Lampung

Contact: Didi Ananda Manimala
Email: ,
Phone: +62 82375990330
Website:
Location: Lampung – Indonesia

Project Description:
– Serving children aged 2-6 years
– Program
– Kindergarten
– Playgroup
– Daycare

A total of 74 children, 29 of whom graduated this year

Project Background :
In 2009 I was transferred to Lampung, armed with the phone number and name of the person I would have to go to., We met after three days. I told them my intentions and goals so that he would be willing to lend a place to open PAUD and spiritual activities, they agreed, and showed a place that was expired. Immediately we beganrehab and the next day I was asked to goshopping to buy games for teaching equipment, in my free time while I taughtat the house of Beliao (his own son, only 2 years old, plus his best friend). PAUD first began in June 2009 with 2 children.

The building was completed in rehab on October 5, 2009. PAUD was inaugurated, with 3 children and 2 teachers including me, Ba’ba;s Grace I was given a teacher who had teaching experience in International schools.
In December 2009, we had 12 children but at that time our school had no toys outside (the children said what kind of school there was no toys). Also there was a tsunami in Padang, so I had to go for 3 months. During that time we added 1 teacher, so the two of them and the children ate at a vegetarian eating school. There was no funding so the teacher brought his own food from home for the children.
All goes according to Ba’ba’s wishes. The number of children is increasing, now there are 74 children and with the Beyond Center and Circle Time (BCCT) learning system, with 4 centers … … BNK

Saiwa Dharma Preschool – Bali

Contact: Muktendra
Email:
Phone: 0062 362 23576, 0062 852 38277297
Location: Jl. Gempol Gang merpati putih no 2 Banyuning

Project Description
We want to have volunteers who can help in the field of English for kindergarten children and at the same time developing secondary schools

Project Background:
Saiwa Dharma was born to realize character education. Before Saiwa Dharma was born many children around us played without any purpose. On that basis we decided to accommodate and provide guidance for free. What we want to achieve is to implement the NHE system on an ongoing basis.

Harmony Home Nature Camp

Contact :Ruai and Forest Gregory
Email :
Phone : +1 541-742-2277
Location : Halfway, Oregon, USA

Project Description :
Harmony Home Nature Camp is a summer day camp for 4-11 years old, with additional nature awareness classes for teens and adults. Interns and trainees are always welcomed, as well as fundraising and grant writing expertise.
We are available to consult with and provide guidance and training for other programs in nature education.

New Day School, Portland, Oregon, USA

Contact: Didi Ananda Krsnapriya
Email :
Phone : +1 503-231-7425
Website : http://newdayschool.org/
Location : Portland, Oregon, USA

Project Description :
New Day School is a full day preschool serving ages 2 and a half to 5 year olds.
We are very involved in fundraising to build a new building that will be a model net zero energy efficient space. Fundraising and grant writing expertise is very welcome. We also welcome interns, gardeners and teacher trainees.
We are available to consult with and provide guidance and training for other programs.

Zonnelicht

Contact : Yolande Koning.
Email :
Website : http://www.zonnelicht.nl/
Location : Holland.

Project Description:
The project is a day care and a after school day care for children between 0 and 12 years old. The project aims to develop self-awareness in children on all the layers of the mind. There are 17 groups of children and 45 staff members. What we have to offer is a good functioning quality system and a good developmental plan for developing the layers of the mind between 0 and 6 years old.

 

CNS – Center for Neohumanist Studies – Bali

Contact: Anandamayii
Email:
Phone: +62 87866838162
Location: Bali – Indonesia

Project Description:
CNS’s Bali is recently starting up its activities which is for development and maintaining the teacher’s skill.
We are working on improving the qualities of CNS’s teachers in Bali which means they could give benefit to the students. We would love to invite people with skilled in teaching especially kindergarten, yoga kids, brain gym, or something related to Bali and give a workshop to all NHE School teacher here

Amurtel Romania

Contact: Didi Ananda Devapriya
Email:
Phone: +40 744565252
Website: www.amurtel.ro
Location: Bucharest Romania

Project Description :
AMURTEL Family, Gradinita Rasarit, Fountain of Hope

Project Background :
AMURTEL Romania came into the country immediately after the fall of communism, and decided to focus on meeting the needs of very vulnerable children. AMURTEL set up the AMURTEL Family children’s home in 1995, and later in 2007, the Fountain of Hope After School Center. In 1995, AMURTEL also founded the “Gradinita Rasarit” Neohumanist Kindergarten which has provided inclusive education for children with disabilities since its inception. All of the projects are guided by the principles of Neohumanist Education and aim to build the resiliency and inherent potential of children, giving them the best possible opportunities for a bright future.

Neohumanist Education Association

Contact : Didi Ananda Devapriya
Email :
Phone : +40 744565252
Website : www.neoumanism.org
Location : Bucharest Romania

Project Description:
NEA has been producing curricula and teacher trainings, including: the Neohumanist Early Childhood Education Curriculum submitted to the government, diversity training during the “We all Have a Story” project, the “Children in Permaculture” teacher training, manual and other materials, Green Play and Learning and most recently the “Peace in Your Hands” package.

Project Background :
NEA has developed specialised trainings that are ready for more widespread dissemination – in particular the “Children in Permaculture” trainings, but also trainings in diversity, trauma-informed approaches, Peace Education. We would like the Children in Permaculture approach to be integrated into the ecological education component of all NHE schools as well as to spread into public school education through the teacher training. I am interested in developing partnership projects both in Romania and on the EU level for scaling up best practices that we have developed, in order to have greater impact.

NEA began in 2011, in order to develop and submit a Neohumanist Education for approval as recognized national alternative, and to develop teacher trainings, materials and quality assurance on the national level. It has since provided a platform for networking and developing partnership projects to bring NHE into contact with other professionals in the field and to increase its impact.

Pom-Pom School – Indonesia – Bali

Contact : Ida Ayu Sri Widhiani, S.Ag., S.Pd., M.Pd. (Sudiipa Devi)
Email :
Phone : +62 3618444198, +62 8970227399
Website : http://www.pompomschool.com
Location : Badung, Bali, Indonesia

Project Description :
Pom-Pom School is a school for early childhood (Preschool) that opens a service unit
Play Group (Ages 2-3 Years) and Kindergarten (Ages 4-6 Years).

Project Background:
Pom-pom School was founded on May 2, 1998. The establishment of the Pom-Pom School was motivated by the desire to apply Neo-Humanist education to early childhood in Bali. Pom-pom School was ]rst started in a small rented house in Denpasar, the capital of Bali. Now Pom-Pom School located in Kuta Utara, Badung regency, on a rented land which we built the building. The education system and teaching methods applied at the Pom-pom School is to implement the Neo-Humanist education system, and of course with more perfect innovations.
The aim of the Pom-Pom School is to introduce to Balinese people to the importance of Neohumanist Education that can foster and strengthen character education, develop all the potential of children physically, mentally, spiritually.

Our Achievements include:

  • Becoming the center of PAUD (Early Childhood Schools) group activities (Second Place in PAUD cluster competition)
  • Become a comparative study place for other schools
  • The principal gets appreciation in advancing the school (Principal with Achievement)
  • Students achievement, academically and non-academically.

Lotus Centre

Contact: Tim Rammelt.
Email:
Website: http://www.lotus-training.nl/
Location: Holland

Project Description:
We exist to make the world more beautiful and loving,that’s why we contribute to society with better education,that’s why we train trainers, teachers, parents and children,with 21st-century education focused on wisdom, resilience and personal growth. With the aim of a hopeful future in a harmonious world,because our children need the best possible education,because every life form deserves a wondrous fate,and because we want to make this happen as a human being.We want to inspire you to take action with what we do, and we aim to give you what you need to become fulfilled.

Project Background:
The current economic, political and social changes in society require a vision concerning the empathic functioning of mankind. A holistic perspective on the development of human potential plays an essential role in this vision; as it has become clear that the development of rational faculties alone is not sufficient for a futureproof society.

Yogasofia

Contact: Kamaleshvara and Amrta
Email:
Phone: +39 3486911181
Website: http://www.yogasofia.org/
Location: Italy

Project Description:
Yoga  training

Cempaka Kids (Bali)

Contact: Sarita
Email:
Phone: +62 82144564672
Location: Jalan Banteng Gug Merpati No 1 Lingkungan dukuh, Padangkerte Karangasem, Bali

Project Description:
We are a preschool located in East Bali. We provide daycare from 3 months to 6 years, Playgroup, and Kindergarten. Cempaka Kids was established in 2007. For the last 12 years we have worked under NHE curriculum which is making a good contribution to our kids’ development. We provide the kids with meditation every morning, Yoga will be done every day, brain gym and also we do care for special needs students.

Project Background:
The founder noticed that Karangasem did not have preschool and also we did not have any special needs school. So I decided to build and established the schools. I found that it is my calling. So here it is my goal to provide good service for the children’s improvement, and i do believe that with the spiritual aspect we can even take care the children better. Our notable achievement is given accreditation by the government.

Accademia Neoumanista

Contact: Kamaleshvara and Amrta
Email:
Phone: +39 3486911181
Website: http://www.accademianeoumanista.org/
Location: Italy

Project Description:
Noehumanist Academy

Gurukul Taiwan

Contact: Rudramohan
Email: mailto:
Phone: +886 4-25690656
Facebook: Ananda Dhara
Location: Taiwan

Project Description :
We promote Neohumanist Education concepts through workshops on storytelling in the classroom, environmental education activities, kids yoga teacher training and meditation for parents and teachers.
In Taiwan we have a kindergarten, a gurukul training center and two master units, one near Taichung (Ananda Dhara) and another near Taipei (Ananda Jyoti). On the master units we have started promoting Ideal Farming and the Neohumanist life style, of bringing people and nature together as a way towards a sustainable society.

Project Background :
These programs have been running for over twenty years and with the help of many sympathizers, the school materials we have prepared are now being used in more and more classrooms. in Malaysia, Taiwan and especially in China. Teachers trained in our system teach in hundreds of schools, offering also support for special needs children. These activities come under the banner of “Blissful Child”

Prama Institute and Wellness Center

Contact: Sid Jordan
Email:
Phone: +1 828 649 9408
Website: Prama.org
Location: 310 Panhandle Rd, Asheville – USA

Project Description
The Prama Institute took birth in 2007 as a conference and retreat center that was aIliated with Ananda Marga Gurukula (AMGK) as a Center for Neohumanist Studies. This center was located on the French Broad River 18 miles north of Asheville, NC was constructed as a double geodesic dome located on a knoll overlooking the surrounding hills and river. The dual purpose for its business plan was to rent space and offer its own yoga and meditation programs.
Our programs include yoga teacher training, workshops for silent meditation retreats, science and practice of meditation, tantric philosophy and practices, poetry and writers workshops, musical festivals and single Prama days that offer a host of like minded alternative workshops, massage, dance, meditation, yoga and booths for the sell of health products.
The Prama Wellness Center (PWC) located on Xve acres of scenic mountain land near

Project Background
Our story is the meeting up of the four well acquainted founders who had the opportunity beginning in 2007 to create an educational institution for adults who were looking for a health life style on the physical, mental and spiritual level. We had known each other for over 30 years as members of the global yoga society, Ananda Marga. Our skill sets matched well and we were off on the journey doing what we loved, creating a personal growth center that others have come to love.

P.R. Sarkar Institute (PRSI)

Contact: Dada Gunamuktananda
Email:
Website: www.prsinstitute.org


www.youtube.com/PRSarkarInstitute
www.facebook.com/PRSarkarInstitute

Project Description:
A medium for the research, investigation, interpretation, understanding and presentation of P.R. Sarkar’s works and seminal concepts. Multiple sections of research and development will be curated by affiliated scholars, researchers and writers in their associated fields of expertise.
Inspired by Shrii P.R. Sarkar, PRSI is an initiative of Ananda Marga Gurukula for the research, development and outreach of P.R. Sarkar’s teachings and related ideas.
PRSI hosts a comprehensive online database of P.R. Sarkar’s works and related resources, forums for research and development, and media for the outreach of progressive educational materials.
Project Background :
The P.R. Sarkar Institute is an initiative of Ananda Marga Gurukula for the research, development and outreach of Shrii P.R. Sarkar’s teachings and related ideas. PRSI hosts a comprehensive online database of Shrii P.R. Sarkar’s works and related resources, forums for research and development, and media for the outreach of progressive educational materials.

Neohumanist College of Asheville

Contact:
Ellen Landau
Email:
Phone: +1 919 696-8419
Location: Marshall, North Carolina, USA

Project Description:
The 33 acre campus of the Neohumanist College of Asheville is located on the slope of a mountain 18 miles north of Asheville, North Carolina, and is founded on the study of P.R. Sarkar’s philosophy of Neohumanism. Six departments are planned: education, including the development and dissemination of curriculum as well as teacher training; art and music; economics (PROUT); agriculture; medicine and psychology; and tantric sciences. The College will host a long-distance learning lab for the distribution of online learning courses, in addition to a lecture hall for on-campus and practicum classes.

Project Background:
In 1990, P.R. Sarkar created Ananda Marga Gurukul, inspiring his educators to develop a university-type system to help train teachers located in the 1,000+ Ananda Marga schools around the world. Over the years the mission has expanded to include working with other progressive minded educator from other school systems.
The Neohumanist College of Asheville was incorporated in September, 2015. The goal from its inception was to create a global center for the study of Neohumanist education philosophy.
Our first building, completed in January, 2018, at first glance appears to be a barn. (Currently It holds construction materials for the campus.) In the future the building will serve as a welcome center to house an ecology lab and artist studios. Our second set of buildings, under construction, contains two geodesic domes: the first, an administration building with a kitchen and dining area and two bedrooms/offices; the second, a large lecture hall along with an office and long-distance learning lab.

Children in Permaculture / The heArt of change

Contact :
Valentina Cifarelli
Email:
Phone: +39 3208333681
Website: www.paradisoritrovato.org
Location: Forlì-Cesena, Romania

Project Description:
Children in Permaculture (CiP) is a set of tools for educators, teachers, and parents to engage children aged 3-12 year old in Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. Integrating permaculture into education is about creatively applying the ‘permaculture lens’ to everything in the education system including the design of learning spaces, pedagogy, curriculum, sessions and social interactions. The heArt of change (Thoc) is a learning opportunities which supports young adults: On the quest of finding and recognizing their gifts, to find a vocation, which is not only a job, but a passionate and meaningful engagement; to navigate the complexity of the current systemic changes by not only igniting awareness but also empowering young people in grounded and creative ways; and to foster entrepreneurship by acquiring skills, competences and attitudes to bring visions on the ground and develop ideas into successful projects.

Project Background:
CiP: manual for adults to engage children in permaculture + poster to inspire children and adults. Thoc: guide for young adults to find their authentic vocation + card deck for individual and group work.

Mountain Breeze Preschool

Contact:
Rachel Maietta
Email:
Phone: +1 828-691-9642
Website: mountainbreezeschool.com
Location: 71 Katuah Drive, Marshall, North Carolina, USA

Project Description:
Mountain Breeze Preschool, located 25 miles north of Asheville, NC, in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is a Neohumanist education center serving children ages 3-5 years of age.

Project Background :
Mountain Breeze Preschool was founded in 2015 by a group of educators, all with experience in establishing Ananda Marga schools in other parts of the United States and the world. Shivapriya (Ellen Landau), one of the founders of the New Day School in Portland, Oregon in 1979, teamed up with Didi Ananda Usa and Radhika (Rachel Maietta) to start the school. Dada Vishvamitra (Sid Jordan) donated an unfinished floor of the “community house,” located in the Katuah community next to the Master Units north of Asheville for use as the school’s home. The goal of the group was to provide a high quality early childhood education to the families in the surrounding community.
Mountain Breeze Preschool has become known in the community as a strong advocate for outdoor education. In the spring of 2018, the school was selected as a showcase for a national conference held in Asheville, North Carolina, for educators of outdoor programs. Sixty teachers visited the site and enjoyed programs presented by our staff.

Progressive School of Long Island

Contact:
Eric Jacobson
Phone: +1 516 868 6835
Email:
Website: https://progressiveli.org

Project Description:
Each child begins life with a thirst for knowledge. This innate curiosity is our greatest ally as teachers. Diminish that spirit by any means, and one will find oneself working against the child in the effort to educate them. Undertaking that task begins with the belief that a school needs a guiding vision. Progressive School’s staff, students, and programs are united by, and draw perennial inspiration from, Neohumanism as put forth by P. R. Sarkar. Simply stated, if extending the sweetest touch of the heart to include all humanity as one’s own be termed Humanism, then expanding that embrace to include the animals, plants, and even the elements is termed Neohumanism. The fact that the fortunes of all are intimately wreathed together must be recognized, if not today, then surely tomorrow.

Project Background:
Thirty-three years ago, as newcomers to Long Island, Eric and Evangelina Jacobson had a vision for a new kind of school–born of a belief in a Neo-Humanist education. A donation of $30,000 and a 5-year old were all that was needed to open the doors at The Progressive School of Long Island.
They did their research. And they had the trust of friends and strangers who handed over not only money, but their children. The rest, as they say, is history.
Since 1985, the school’s staff has been perfecting the art of teaching. The school has had its graduates consistently ranked at the top of their high schools. Over 300 students have graduated into local public and private middle and high schools. Many communities have benefited from the school through their volunteer programs.
Today, Eric remains as the Education Principal, and Evangelina remains as teacher of Art and Crafts. While the school has grown from 5 to 125 students, it retains the warm and loving family atmosphere of its earliest days.

Ananda Marga College Ananda Nagar

Contact:
Dada Devatmananda
Email:
Phone: +91 9647656962
Website: http://www.anandamargacollege.com/
Location: Ananda Nagar, West Bengali – India

Project Description:
Ananda Marga College is the only Degree College of the mission which provides higher secondary courses in both Arts and Sciences as well as Bachelor ie undergraduate courses. Available courses include Philosophy, Political Science, Sanskrit, Hindi, Physics Chemistry, Mathematics, and Environmental Studies, and Honors in Bengali, English, Geography and History. Recently we have introduced Education, Computer Applications, and PG in Bengali as well. We have scope to introduce a post graduate diploma programme in Yoga and Meditation, diploma
in Yoga, and degree in Yoga in a short while. There is also an opportunity to introduce Beautician courses, Barbara trade, welding, masonry, seed protection, email etc.

Project background:
Established in 1966, destroyed in the Emergency days of 1975-1978, and re-established again, the College has a total enrolment of over 480 in 2019 session. From June onwards we have 220 new admission. So it’s over 500 students as some students pass and stay for further development or study. The college is situated in a poverty stricken area where 70% of the students come from the indigenous population. 80% or more of the students come on foot or bicycle. Some girls or boys commute 30 km by cycle. Many drop out from study to earn to support family and over one-third girls dropped from study due to marriage. We do not take state support so financial hardship is very acute. Volunteer professors get not even 100 Euro a month. There is also water crisis, poor roads, lack of Internet, lack of computer or smart class rooms, and labs. The library is insufficient as are sports facilities. However even with all these difficulties, many families are enabled to send their child to study.