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Education for What?

What Values? Whose Values?

  • Universal Values are beliefs that are accompanied by actions that uplift or benefit humanity.
  • SNS does not prescribe specific values though we believe that there are universal values we can all agree upon. Many of these are common to all school communities, and consistent with values held by other countries and cultures. Each school community can come up with its own set of universal values such as: Sharing, Honesty, Friendliness, Co-operation, Truthfulness, Compassion, Helpfulness, Courage, Responsibility.
  • In the SNS curriculum, we have indicated those virtues and values that we have identified as most relevant to the majority of contexts but a teacher, in consultation with the school members and the community, may discuss other virtues and values to adopt in addition to the suggested ones.
  • The diagram below represents the content of education of a fully literate person in the 3rd millennium as defined by SNS. This framework has been adopted from the Council for Global Education’s Framework for Education as the following page describes.

SNS – The Content of Education

UNIVERSAL VALUES SPIRIT (to be)Values and character to lead a virtuous life

EXCELLENCE IN ALL THINGS MIND (to know)Knowledge and ability to do the best relative to one self

GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING HEART (to love) Attitudes of universal brotherhood and reverence for life

SERVICE TO HUMANITY BODY (to do) Skills to serve humanity and contribute in one’s unique ways to the betterment of the world