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Is Sathya Sai Organization ‘Education’ Really Education?

Posted by Barry Pittard on March 25, 2011

There are many means by which the Sathya Sai Organization spreads its influence in communities throughout the world.  In regard to education, one is in-house, and introduces children of Sai devotees to the major world faiths, but emphasises primary faith in Sathya Sai Baba as God fully incarnate on earth at this time, and living in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh South India.

On the other hand, it seeks to gain admissions to schools wherever it can, where its devotees take a highly packaged, stripped down, re-vamped version of the program, in which Sathya Sai Baba is not promoted. This is called its secular EHV (Education in Human Values) initiative.

But getting children to think to a purpose, and to become confident in their own self processes, rather than indoctrinating them is among the most vital requirements of this or any other time. For those interested in seeking another approach to values education, this video clip is, I think, worth looking at as a challenge to hard-held ideas about getting kids involved in passionate and meaningful discussions about ethical values.

That is to say, we need to unfold an emphasis on stimulating independent ethical thinking and enquiry, rather than imposing received religious or philosophical systems of one kind or another. Teaching how to think, rather than what to think. And fostering feelingful, mutual acceptance, rather than mere toleration.

See:  Special Ethics Education in NSW primary schools (Australia)

See also:  Three Died After Putting Their Faith In Guru

Source: The Times.  Monday August 27, 2001 Page: 3 Edition: 4M
Byline: Dominic Kennedy.

Quote from this article –

Sai Baba’s message is being preached in more than 500 British schools through charities which claim to provide non-denominational education in “human values”.

Tom Sackville, a former Home Office Minister, last night urged the Government to take decisive action to warn teachers and pilgrims of the dangers of becoming involved with Sai Baba. The guru’s reputation is plummeting after the United Nations cancelled a conference at his headquarters, issuing a condemnation of his alleged sex abuse of youths and boys.

Unicef pulled out of a conference it was due to sponsor with the guru’s educational organisation in Puttaparthi last September.

The UN’s cultural agency issued a trenchant statement: “The organisation is deeply concerned about widely reported allegations of sexual abuse involving youths and children that have been levelled at the leader of the movement in question, Sathya Sai Baba.

“Whilst it is not for Unesco to pronounce itself in this regard, the organisation restates its firm moral and practical commitment to combating the sexual exploitation of children, in application of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which requires states to protect children from all forms of sexual exploitation and violence.”

In hundreds of British schools, Sai Baba-influenced educational programmes on “human values” are currently being promoted as part of the National Curriculum. The Charity Commission met the trustees of one of the educational charities involved, the Sathya Sai Education in Human Values Trust UK, last year and “found no concerns”, a spokesman said.

Mr Sackville, chairman of the anti-cult organisation Fair (Family Action Information and Resource), said that he had successfully intervened to persuade a girls’ school to reject a Sai Baba-inspired course.

“Schools are not on their guard because at official level they are not given any steer,” Mr Sackville said.

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Further Reading

e-mail exchanges between former Head of Sathya Sai Moscow Centre and EHV in Russia, Serguei Badaev, and Ms. Madhava Majmudar, Sai devotee and Education in Human Values propagator in Scotland

UNESCO conference without UNESCO 

Sathya Sai Baba Human Values – EHV and Educare

A Sathya Sai Saga. Barry Pittard Recollects. Part 4

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General

 Excerpt From Public Petition (and introduction)

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Call for media and government investigation of Sathya Sai Baba

 

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