Sathya Sai School – Kisaju featured in Sanathana Sarathi Nov 2017 Issue

Sanathan Sarathi - Nov 2017 Issue
Sathya Sai School Kisaju has been featured in the Nov 2017 issue of Sanathana Sarathi (Pages 78-81, and 91-92). You can download the issue here (10 MB).

The excerpts from the issue that pertain to Sathya Sai School – Kisaju are presented below:

Pages 78-81

Sathya Sai Schools

Currently there are 9 recognised SS Schools in Africa: 3 in South Africa, 2 in Kenya and 1 each in Ghana, Congo DRC, Madagascar and Mauritius. The schools subscribe to Sathya Sai World Foundation (SSWF) Guidelines, promoting both academic and human excellence.

The SS School of Chatsworth, South Africa is a comprehensive day school catering for Grade R to Grade 12 and is now in its 20th year of existence. The school annually records a 100% matriculation pass.

The SS School of Kisaju, Kenya is a classic residential primary school and is well managed by the Education Trust of Kenya by SSIO. An environment friendly secondary school is due to be inaugurated in 2018. Both the Kisaju and Uthiru Schools achieve high academic standards in Kenya.

SAISSE provides professional support to the 3 South African, 2 Kenyan schools, Mauritius and Ghana SS Schools.

The Sathya Sai Education Trust of South Africa offers good governance and financial, asset and human resource management whilst the SSIO South Africa provides ongoing infrastructure, maintenance and financial support to all 3 schools.

Accreditation of Sathya Sai Schools: The SSIO International Education Committee is currently reaching out to all SS Schools to undergo an accreditation process. The 3 South African SS Schools and SS School Kisaju had their Accreditation Visits in June/ July 2017.

Sathya Sai Partnership Schools: Partnership schools are developing in Kenya, Morocco, South Africa and Benin. These are either public or private schools, in affluent or slum areas, that have adopted the SSEHV programme.

SSEHV Public Outreach in Africa

SSEHV Youth Leadership Workshops:

To instil discipline and motivation to learn, principals have invited SAISSE to offer Youth Leadership and Team building programmes for school prefects and senior learners. This popular two-day programme uses the ‘right brain’ approach to engage with critical value themes impacting youth.

South African Department of Education Invitation: The Chatsworth District Education Manager invited three Education Committee Members to address 150 school management staff on 29th July 2017 on “handling discipline at schools”. SAISSE is now tasked with training all teachers in the district.

After two years of successful SSEHV training of senior education officers in King Williams Town, Eastern Cape, the Department of Education has invited SAISSE to train all teachers in the district.

Kenyan Department of Education Invitation:

Inspired by the Kisaju Sai School and the SAISSE SSEHV Teacher training, the District Education Officer, invited SAISSE to train 220 school management staff on 11-12 May 2017 at Kisaju School. SAISSE is now due to continue the training of this critical mass to implement SSEHV across the Kajiado County, linking SSEHV to the new Kenyan Education Curriculum Framework.

SSEHV Training Resource Material

SAISSE has published SSEHV training manuals and a SS School Handbook. SSIO Mauritius and Morocco have each launched a CD of value songs in English and French. SSIO Morocco has also translated the SAISSE SSEHV Manuals into French, and Arabic translations are underway. These will be shared via www.saisse.co.za and other sites.

SSEHV Transformation Stories in Africa

Learner Transformation

  • Form 1 learner, SS School, Kisaju: “I joined this school … because my behaviour was not pleasing …I would abuse many people. …I was able to learn human values within the first term …people were shocked …told them that everybody can join. …the founder of the school is Sathya Sai Baba whose mission… make a good society with values“.
  • Grade 3 Learner, SS School, Newcastle: “The children in our informal settlement wait for her to come home from the Sai School. She talks to them about the values and also tells them EHV stories”.
  • Grade 3 learner, SS School, Chatsworth: “Learnt about ‘Seva’ at the Sai School …do more Seva with his dad. He and his cousins have formed a group called ‘the Chettys’ … help feed poor people”.
  • Learner from primary 6 of SS School Lagos: “fire broke out in the nearby village … management decided to help only the parents affected by fire …A little boy saw his mother waiting in the queue to collect items for those affected by fire. He was surprised …his house did not catch fire… He informed the teacher that his mother does not deserve any kind of help …SSEHV made him speak the truth …SSEHV always attracted him … he had a responsibility to practise the same”.

Teacher Transformation

  • Principal of the Les Ecole Union Prive School: “I received SSEHV training with many colleagues … I practise both universal human values and our Muslim religious values …and resolve many conflicts between students and their respective families …Today we speak a lot about violence, competition, war, materialism. The environment in the school … positive and peaceful. I live in peace, I see beauty in everything, I distance myself from conflict and I positively influence my family and professional entourage”.
  • Deputy Head Teacher of SS School, Uthiru: In 2006: “I was sick with pneumonia. At 3.00 am, I saw Swami at my bedside. He stretched His hand and touched my right rib, and I got immediately healed”. In 2017, April: “In a dream Swami called me by name. Baba said: “There is life for the hopeless in SS Schools”.

Pages 91-92

History of Growth of Sathya Sai Schools

By the early 1990s, Sathya Sai Schools were established in Zambia, Thailand and Nepal. Similar schools were soon started in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ecuador, Fiji, Indonesia, Kenya, Colombia, Guatemala, Malaysia, Mauritius, Madagascar, Mexico, Nepal, Paraguay, the Philippines, UK, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Kenya and Venezuela.

Through the pedagogy of integral education, Sathya Sai Schools around the world have become award-winning models of excellence, and the sites of visitations from educationists and government officials from around the world. Recent examples include country-wide acceptance in government schools of SSEHV training provided by the ISSE in Thailand with the Thailand Sathya Sai School as the model. In Kenya, the district education officer over 60 government schools has taken a decision to broker SSEHV training to all of them due to the influence of the Sathya Sai School of Kisaju nearby.

Interactive Parenting Session – Oct 24, 2017

Sai Ram All.

Sathya Sai School – Kisaju held an interactive parenting session at the school on Oct 24, 2017. Among the topics discussed were:

  1. Technology
  2. Drugs and substance abuse
  3. Divinity
  4. Access to finance to learners
  5. Parents social/economic responsibility
  6. Social life of parents/learners
  7. Time allocation/management
  8. Challenges at home/school
  9. Commitment to H.O.P.E programme and school mission

A few photographs from the event are shown below.

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Avatar Day Celebrations on Oct 20, 2017

Sai

Om Sri Sai Ram

INVITATION

Sathya Sai School – Kisaju will be celebrating AVATAR DAY, coupled with GRAMA Seva on Friday 20th Oct from 10.30 am to 1 pm.

Senior citizens from Kisaju environs will be served with hot lunch along with clothes & blankets.

Students will showcase value based presentations.

All are humbly invited to participate.

Loving Sai Rams

Accreditation Visit on July 3-5, 2017

On July 3-5, 2017 we had the pleasure to host Dr. Tom Scovill, Dr. Margret Taplin, and Dr. Lalini Reddy, who came for an Accreditation Exercise to our school. The team spent their valuable time to review all the activities at the school and the incorporation of Swami’s teachings and human values into the curriculum.

A video encompassing key areas of their visit is presented in the video below.

Select photos are presented below. All the photos from their visit can be viewed here.

Accreditation Visit - July 3-5, 2017

Accreditation Visit - July 3-5, 2017

Accreditation Visit - July 3-5, 2017

Accreditation Visit - July 3-5, 2017
Accreditation Visit - July 3-5, 2017

Accreditation Visit - July 3-5, 2017

Accreditation Visit - July 3-5, 2017

 

Gurupoornima Celebrations – July 9, 2017

On July 9, 2017, as is customary every year, Sathya Sai School – Kisaju celebrated Guru Poornima by honouring our main Guru – our beloved Sathya Sai Baba, as well as the teachers at school.

Many parents, guardians, devotees, and well-wishers also attended the event. The celebrations began at 11:00 A.M. with an assembly where the Principal, Mr. Abraham, and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Bro. Kuldip Singh, and Chairman of Sri Sathya Sai Centre – Kenya, Bro. Venkataram briefly addressed the students (“gentlemen” as they are called here) and the visitors. Bro. Kuldip Singh also introduced all the guests to the gentlemen. A guard of honor was held by the gentlemen in honour of some key guests.

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Sathya Sai School Students at the Asian Foundation Stawisha Maisha Event on May 13, 2017

The Asian Foundation of Kenya organized an Exhibition called Stawisha Maisha (Transforming lives and communities) in Nairobi from May 12 – 14, 2017. The exhibition was a way for organizations to showcase their community service activities. The gentlemen of Sathya Sai School were given the opportunity to present a program.

Our gentlemen presented a beautiful programme consisting of multifaith prayers, an explanation of their value based education, how they spend their days at the school, and ended the program with a human values song. Their presentation was very well received and appreciated by the audience.

Below are some photos from the event:

Students Performing at the Asian Foundation Event

Gents Performing at the Asian Foundation Event.

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Invitation to Facilitate Value Based Approach in Teaching

The Ministry of Education Isinya Sub-county Office, together with the leadership of Headteachers and Principals of institutions have invited Dr. Lalini Reddy, to facilitate during a teacher training workshop at Sathya Sai School – Kisaju, to build capacities of the teachers in curriculum implementation. This is mainly on the aspect of human values and education for character formation.

Director Sathya Sai Invitation

The Programme of Events are as follows:

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Introductory Level SSEHV Teacher Training Course – April 3-7, 2017

SSEHV Introductory Level Training Course April 2017

Om Sri Sai Ram!

Dear All,

Trust all is well by beloved Baba’s grace.

We are pleased to report that a residential SSEHV teacher training course (introductory level 1), was held at Sathya Sai School – Kisaju from 3rd to 7th April 2017.

Kindly click this link to read full report (6 MB).

27 teachers from Sathya Sai Schools in Kisaju and Uthiru along with Sai Seva School – Kawengware, attended.

Sis. Lalini Reddy from the South African Sathya Sai Institute accompanied by Bro. Pat Reddy conducted this training.

Teachers learnt various teaching techniques in order to attain academic excellence in both secular and spiritual fields with practical applications in life.

During the opening session District Education Officer acknowledge that the Sathya Sai Education model is panacea for present crisis in the education sector, having keenly observed the positive transformation in students’ character and academic performance by Kisaju School for some years.

Area chief praised the Sathya Sai School – Kisaju fraternity for transforming the students with good character and for schools’ outreach programme to help the needy in the district by serving and caring various senior citizens with food hampers, clothes and wheelchairs.

Evenings were saturated with love, whereby students entertained all with traditional dances, value based drama, skits, including sharing their experiences.

We are indeed indebted to beloved Baba for sending Sis. Lalini Reddy from the South African Sathya Sai Institute accompanied by Bro. Pat Reddy, to conduct this training.

With loving Sai Rams.

Kuldip