STUVOL – Student Volunteers is part of Neohumanist Education. This program was created as an extracurricular activity by Shrii P.R Sarkar and is similar to after school programmes or electives. STUVOL runs from Kindergarten to College. STUVOL offers students activities through which they can develop their service spirit and grow into caring and benevolent personalities. Through STUVOL activities, students apply their learning,
gain practical skills and experiences, get scope to express their creativity and resilient spirit, gain confidence in their personal strength and share their joy with others in the society. In NHE schools, STUVOL can be a separate programme, or the elements of STUVOL can be integrated into the rest of the school programme.STUVOL Age Groups
STUVOL 1 – KG to grade 2
STUVOL 2 – Grade 3 – 5
STUVOL 3 – Grade 6 – 8
STUVOL 4 – Grade 9 – 11
STUVOL 5 – College
Four Aspects of STUVOL
1. The Physical aspect of STUVOL aims at developing healthy habits, love and care for one’s body and surroundings, resilience and strength.
-Health related knowledge of home remedies
-All-round cleanliness skills
-Yoga, kaoshiki, tandava (competition)
-Games, sports and martial arts training
-First aid, nursing, emergency training, safety skills
-Culinary and hospitality skills
-Construction and building skills, architecture and design
-Farming principles and nature related information
2. The Intellectual aspect of STUVOL aims at developing expansion of mind. As a backdrop for learning about the world we use the cycle of creation (Brahmacakra) to introduce general knowledge of the natural environment in relation to the child.
-Learning English as the common world language
-General knowledge about what is going on around us
-Functional knowledge and independent thinking ability
-Mechanical, electronic and computer related skills
-Space related knowledge such as astronomy and astrology
-Different religions and mystical traditions
-Communication skills – reading, writing, speaking, dialogue, negotiating, debating, discussing, summarizing.
-Office management skills
3. The Moral aspect of STUVOL aims at developing trustworthiness, character and developing good habits in the child.
-Smartness, etiquette and social norms
-Character building and moral training
-Personal development skills
-Biographies of inspirational people
4. The Cultural aspect of STUVOL aims at developing omniscient grace, nice temperament and ideation of the Great in the child. -Poems, songs and stories of inspirational nature
-Sentient entertainment – humour, jokes, magic and tricks, puzzles, riddles,
-Mysteries of the world.
-Multicultural arts and crafts
-Basic philosophical ideas
-The greatest places on earth