"The end of education is character." - Sri Sathya Sai Baba
The Educare Institute's main purpose is to make children aware that their character is their real strength, and that all other acquisitions such as wealth and education are of no real value without character. In schools today, character development is believed to be another thing in the plate. We believe, "it" is the plate. Everything children do in school should revolve around character. The Educare program and its lesson plans are built around this purpose. The "Character is Power!" (CHiP) program is the umbrella name for all educare character development programs implemented in K-12 classrooms.
A typical class will meet once a week for 45 minutes to an hour. We start with a quiet time (thinking time), followed by an introduction to the day's value (e.g., Peace), story time, an activity, and a group discussion on practicing the value. The values are universally accepted character traits like honesty, integrity, love, peace, nonviolence, etc. The Educare Institute is a non-religious, non-political organization and hence the values do not represent any particular religion or special interest groups.
In the Educare programs children are encouraged to think for themselves and actively participate in group discussions and activities. Activities include writing essays about the values learned, drawing pictures representing the values and presenting seminars on values. Everything starts with good thoughts of the children. And that is our responsibility. It is also our job as a community to recognize and praise good character!
Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents are, to some extent, a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece -- by thought, choice, courage and determination." - John Luther
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