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SNS Syllabus and curriculum

Skills and Attitudes

These capabilities are made up of skills and attitudes that are in bulleted items immediately below each capability:

  1. Ability to think critically and make right decisions
    • Recognizing the moral issues involved in any situation (justice, fairness, what’s pleasing to God)
    • Applying moral principles in decision-making and judgement
    • Thinking about the moral consequences of one’s decisions
    • Accepting responsibility for one’s choices
    • Being wise and tactful in relating the decision (not all that we know needs to be said at once) (upyukt and unupyukt)
  2. Ability to work with others
    • Consultation skills (considering that all views are valid and must be respected; other rules of consultation)
    • Working with people of different views and backgrounds, abilities, economic status
    • Conflict recognition and resolution skills
    • Soliciting support and cooperation of others
    • Ability to counter peer pressure
    • Communication skills (ability to understand and be understood)
    • Considering the feelings of others beyond the words
  3. Love for other human beings and respect for diversity
    • Recognizing interdependence among all people
    • Recognizing and believing in the world as one family
    • Recognizing diversity as an asset
    • Respecting differences of opinion, emotions, backgrounds, cultures, religions and traditions and all other differences
    • Reverence for all forms of life/all living beings
    • Equality of status to women
  4. To serve others
    • Respecting human dignity, worth and rights of all individuals (improving self-esteem)
    • Becoming involved in community life and identifying one’s potential for contributing for the betterment of community/society/future generations
    • Taking responsibility and engaging in acts for the welfare of others and the less fortunate
    • Taking pleasure in helping others and in proactive empowerment (helping others come up)
    • Caring and consideration
    • Compassion and Empathy
    • Soliciting the opinions and beyond that full participation/decision making of those we serve
    • Leadership skills (so that we can be agents of social change)
    • Proactive thinking and decision making (not just reactive)
  5. Love for the environment and nature
    • Love for nature
    • Respect for all forms of life
    • Kindness to animals
    • Enjoys and protects nature and environment
    • Attitude of conservation and sustainable use of natural resources
  6. Responsible Citizenship
    • Me, family, community, nation and the world
    • Knowledge of the world
    • Understanding of the rights of each member of a family, community and the world
    • Respecting rights of each individual/community member (eg personal property)
    • Responsible citizenship what does it mean and how to become
    • Respect for laws of each nation and region
    • Understanding of democratic processes and their implications
  7. Problem-Solving Skills
    • Ability to identify problem
    • Ability to access information and use it
    • Ability and desire to use knowledge to create, invent, think and solve problems
    • Clarity of thinking; to be able to conceptualize
    • Prioritizing
    • Evaluating between various options
    • Rationalization skills/Analytical skills
    • Ability to strategize
    • Seeing the end at the beginning
    • Ability to consider short, medium and long-term consequences
    • Resourcefulness to involve others/technology/modern methods to solve problems
    • Tactfulness
  8. Ability to take concepts to reality
    • Planning and organizational skills
    • Will power/perseverance/diligence/determination
    • Becoming involved/taking pleasure in what one is doing
    • Taking initiative
    • Proactive thinking
  9. Exemplary Living
    • Cleanliness (outer cleanliness is a sign of inner purity)
    • Purity of inner thoughts leading to pure actions
    • Awareness of preventative measures (eg inoculation against prejudice)
    • Love for beauty
    • How to create beauty and orderliness around us
    • How to create a safe and clean environment around us
    • Fitness and exercises
    • Healthy habits of mind and body
    • Prayer and meditation, memorization and internalization of holy words (quotations)
    • Reflection and bringing oneself to account every day, thinking of ways to improve and be better (guiltless)
    • Adopting personal goals and principles
    • Daily improvement; rising everyday to a better person (On every day, in every way, we are getting better and better; Hum roz he roz ache bante jate hain, hum roz he roz us peram shakti ki ore barte jate hain)
    • Practice makes perfect (karat karat abhyas se jarmati hot sujan, rasri awat jat se sil pe parat nisan)
    • There is more to know attitude (always striving for becoming better)
    • Attitude of I will not be provoked into anger and I will not make a rash/rushed decision
    • Happy demeanor
    • Purposefulness
  10. High Moral Character
    • Belief and faith in God
    • Spirituality
    • Virtues and values
    • Motivation
    • Moral courage
    • Self-control
    • A strong sense of justice and fairness
    • Humility before God and humbleness