Education
Affirming
Affirming
“Kindness has changed my view and thoughts. Before I used to tease dogs, snakes, cats and anyone who was weaker than me, but now I understand that they also feel sad when someone does this. Now I never tease any kind of creature and I show kindness to them.” - Pradeep, 8 years old, Bihar, India

The need

In many countries, mainstream education focuses primarily on factual knowledge and intellectual capacities, paying much less attention to developing an understanding of the mind and its functions, or of a deep-rooted sense of caring for the well-being of others and the world at large.

As a result, children and young people are often unable to build positive relationships; feel disconnected from their families, their immediate communities and the wider world; and lack a sense of purpose and direction.

Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom seeks to address this through providing programmes and resources that will help children and young people to develop self-awareness and emotional resilience, to act as a positive role model for others, and to play their part in creating a better world.

What Universal Education offers educators

Universal Education learning programmes offer educators a philosophical and practical framework to cultivate self-awareness, contentment, empathy and compassion in themselves and in the children, young people and adults that they work with - which in turn will support the achievement of academic, career and wider life goals.

The content and pedagogy of Universal Education can be adapted to fit any school programme or curriculum, and will particularly support teachers in the delivery of social emotional learning (SEL) programmes that help students to develop greater self-awareness, life skills and social responsibility.

In California, Tara Redwood School has piloted the FDCW-recognised Seven Steps programme for more than twenty years, and inspired a second school in Ibiza, Spain. In Argentina, Canada, Mexico, Mongolia, the Netherlands and Spain The 16 Guidelines programme is being integrated into preschool, primary and secondary school curricula.

Benefits

The following benefits have been observed in educational settings:

Teachers experience greater emotional resilience (less burn-out) and an improved ability to respond to stress and relate calmly and effectively to students and colleagues, leading to an increased sense of well-being and meaning.

Students experience less anxiety, enjoy better concentration, develop greater emotional resilience, stronger social skills and more positive behaviours.

Schools find they develop a stronger sense of vision and purpose and that their teaching and learning environments improve through greater harmony, better discipline and closer collaboration between teachers, students and parents.

Next steps

Get inspired by browsing the information and stories on this website. Find out more about FDCW-recognised programmes such as The Seven Steps, and take a look at the resource Compassion in Education.

Participate in a Universal Education learning programme yourself, as a teacher, school principal or school administrator. After building confidence and familiarity, you are welcome to share or adapt what you have learned in your own educational setting.

Request FDCW to provide a learning programme that is specifically tailored to the needs of your school or college.