Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Teaching, Learning and Education
Educating Heart and Mind: Imparting Universal Ethics Education in Schools in India
In our increasingly dynamic and interconnected world, implementing social emotional and ethical learning in school settings is a promising approach to prepare students to be global citizens who can navigate a complex world in a responsible way that can contribute to their own and others’ flourishing.
This paper discusses our experiences as a non-profit organization in introducing Social, Emotional and Ethical Education in various schools in India. Our work, inspired by writings of HH The Dalai Lama, centers around developing a curriculum founded on the basic human values for individual and collective flourishing.
The work explores three domains of learning (personal, social and systemic) based on the four dimensions of Universal Ethics for fostering wellbeing and happiness (restraint, virtues, compassion, discernment and universal responsibility). The approach includes creating a safe and caring school climate, forging better home-school partnerships, and a pedagogy informed by social-emotional and ethical concerns.
Keywords: Social and Emotional Learning; Mindfulness, Ethics, Education, Values, Curriculum.