Courses 1 and 2, Almaty, Kazakhstan
An international Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) seminar entitled ‘The Concept of Self Knowledge – A Universal Approach’ was held at the National Bobek Center in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Four hundred participants from all regions of the Republic of Kazakhstan attended the seminar, which was a continuation from previous years and designed to deepen the concept of Self Knowledge. ESSE Institute Trainers, Marianne Meyer (Denmark), Petra von Kalinowski (Germany) and Rainer Benda (Austria) delivered lectures and workshops on the teaching methods of SSEHV (Course 1), as well as on the philosophy of Educare and the Core Tenets of SSEHV (Course 2), through talks on the concept of human values, communication and dialogue, the ability to work in a team, the ability to cope with difficulties, and the role of a person in society.
Attendees got the opportunity to participate in the creative workshops by expressing opinions, sharing experiences and exchanging tips, thereby making it quite an interactive and lively session.
Of particular interest, were creative workshops on the following topics: ‘The Five Human Values from the perspective of Major Religions, Local Culture and National Education Priorities and Policies’, ‘Contemporary Theories: Moral Character Development’ and ‘Role Play’, which all provided participants with valuable experience in communication and interaction.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the Seminar, included performances by ‘Droplets of Happiness’ a vocal and choral group (Self-knowledge gymnasium), and ‘Erke Naz’ dance group who delivered beautiful and expressive musical compositions.
Elmira Suhanberdieva, Vice Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan, addressed guests and attendees during the closing ceremony. This was followed by presentation of certificates to participants.