Sathya Sai Bal Vikas
Bal Vikas as the name indicates is a Movement launched by Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba to blossom the today’s children to citizens and leaders of tomorrow. This movement was founded in the year 1969 and has grown into an international movement under the auspices of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisations. It trains children from the age of 5 to the age of 15. In infacts complements the school education emphasizing on the five cardinal human values, viz., Sathya, Dharma, Shanti, Prema and Ahimsa.
Bhagawan had introduced 'Education in Human Values' programme as early as the seventies. He felt that it has to begin right from the early childhood days when boys and girls are of impressionable age. They could be introduced in slow and gradual manner to Indian ethical and spiritual thought through the study of stories of our great seers and sages and through some of the facets of world scriptures. This gave shape to the Sri Sathya Sai Bal Vikas Movement - Child Development programme in the country. There are thousands of such centres where the programme is going on systematically.
Natural corollary of this programme was "Education in Human Values" at the school stage. Instead of listing a large of values - which may be more of sub-values, attitudes and habits an attempt was made to find out the summation of some important human values. The major human values were crystallised under five broad heads, namely Truth, Righteousness, Peace, Love and Non-violence.
Besides giving the conceptual frame-work of the approximation of these values to the five broad aspects of human personality, namely Truth corresponding with intellectual, Righteous Conduct with physical, Peace with emotional, Love with psychic and Non-Violence with spiritual, operational modalities were also worked out and learning through co-curricular activities were designed. For the last 7 to 8 years the programme of Education in Human Values is being implemented in schools run and managed by different States, Corporations, and Industrial Undertakings with commendable success. In many overseas centres, this programme has expanded.
Lakhs and lakhs of children have been blossomed
into youth of character through this Movement over the years
and there are thousands of teachers, known as Bal Vikas gurus
guiding these young aspiring minds to a better tomorrow following
the divine teachings and guidelines of Bhagawan.