How do you provide a holistic education?

I was reading an article about an innovative holistic school in India run by Isha Vidhya “Why holistic education should now take centre stage: A collective of schools in India that focuses on joyful education explains why its approach is a model that everyone can learn from” Employing innovative teaching methods, part of the Isha Vidhya methodology is an emphasis on learning and growing joyfully, weaving a focus on student wellbeing throughout the teaching process. 1

According to Wikipedia 2 ‘Holistic education is a new movement in education that seeks to engage all aspects of the learner, including mind, body, and spirit.’ Montessori and Waldorf/Steiner Education are such examples.

You may be wondering and considering how your educational setting could provide such an innovative and empowering educational environment, particularly after the Covid lockdown have given us much to consider, about the priorities we place in our children’s wellbeing. In England, the NHS has reported that the proportion of children experiencing a probable mental disorder has increased over the past three years from one in nine in 2017 to one in six in July this year.3

I have shared with you in recent blogs about the successful embedding of the SEJ in the curriculum to provide support and offer transferrable skills to the level 3 students who are new to entering university. I have also shared about how the SEJ has supported me in becoming an effective and compassionate pastoral and personal tutor.

These are examples of how simple yet powerful process the SEJ is and how easily it can be applied to any educational setting from both the learners and teachers’ perspective. Combined together this provides the ‘holistic approach’ in encompassing all those in the same educational setting be it school or university. Everyone can learn the simple SEJ Process which provide immediate support for the staff and the student when needed because the process is applicable to all situations to all who can ‘think’.

The SEJ is not merely a tool to feel better but a powerful tool to live and work/study in a joyful state by a process of self enquiry. The SEJ process does not detract from ones work and studies. Practitioners are also completely in charge of their own mental and emotional wellbeing: more importantly they know how to empower their mental health which enhances all aspects of their life.  Why not contact us from above link to find out how we can support you in embedding this powerful process to experience the joyful learning environment for your educational setting?

  1. https://www.tes.com/news/why-holistic-education-must-now-take-centre-stage-covid-school-student-wellbeing
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holistic_education
  3. https://digital.nhs.uk/news/2020/survey-conducted-in-july-2020-shows-one-in-six-children-having-a-probable-mental-disorder

Dr M Howard-Kishi

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