Neohumanist Education

Neohumanist Education in West Africa

Education Néohumaniste en Afrique de l'Ouest


Neohumanism and Universalism

The schools foster a love for all of creation, animals, plants, and the inanimate word, and a sense of universalism. Neohumanist Education helps students develop an intimate loving relationship with the web of life around them. It promotes an awareness of ecology in its broadest sense: i.e. the realisation of the inter-relatedness and interconnectedness of all things, and encourages respect and care for all living beings and the inanimate world. A universal outlook is nurtured which transcends caste, creed, colour, race and gender. This includes an appreciation of historic contributions to human society from all people and promoting the ethic of society as 'one universal family'.

Individual Evolution

The teacher has an understanding and respect for each child's unique individual evolution and natural motivation to expand. The job of the teacher is to assist this natural process of unfolding and to give them guidance and tools to negotiate their movement and journey in a manner that will lead to a realisation of their full potential as physical, mental and spiritual beings and a life that is an expression of neohumanist values, moving with all collectively.

Cardinal Human Values

Universal cardinal human values are basic to NHE. Morality forms the basis of an emotionally balanced, self-confident, self-disciplined, integrated and discriminating individual who is well adjusted and able to form joyful relationships and take responsibility in society. Social learning is central to the student's daily learning process. Students are guided to form relationships with other students and the world in a benevolent manner. Guidance of students by the adults emphasizes conflict resolution, empathy and kindness. Universal cardinal human values, oriented towards creating mental harmony, include principles of relating to society and principles for personal integration. Application of these values transcends a do's and don'ts mentality, leading to a sense of love and compassion for all creation.

Holistic Development of the Child

The development of the whole person implies a balance of the physical, mental and spiritual potentialities of the person: the emotional, social, ethical, intellectual, aesthetic and intuitional realms. The full spectrum of the human being is integrated leading to greater wisdom, freedom, joy, sensitivity, compassion, benevolence and purpose.

Self-knowledge and Applied Learning

Neohumanist Education considers two types of knowledge as being equally valid. One is Self-knowledge or introversial knowledge and the other is worldly or extroversial knowledge. Introversial learning is gaining knowledge about one's Self through the practice of meditation and development of intuition. Extroversial learning is gaining knowledge about life and the world through a scientific approach and contact with the world. This combined knowledge is applied in NHE for understanding of one's Self and how to live benevolently in the world.

Yoga Practices

The school awakens and nurtures the spiritual being of the child through practices such as meditation, yoga, love and service to others. These are actual means for subjective knowledge and deep realisation, transformation and evolution.

Sá vidyá yá vimuktaye -- Education is that which liberates -- C'est par l’éducation qu’on devient libre