NHE Teachers Training, Patna, India

A NHE teachers training programme was held at the WWD (Women’s Welfare Department) premises in Patna from August 4th to 8 th. Teachers from two Ananda Marga schools as well as local schools in the area attended for the full five days. All 58 participants enjoyed the twice daily routine of yoga-asanas and kaoshiki yogic dance-exercise, singing of Prabhata Samgiita songs composed by Shrii P. R. Sarkar, kiirtan and meditation. All the participants learned a personalized form of meditation.

This NHE teachers’ training is a continuation of efforts to upgrade the quality of education in eight schools in Mainpura, Sisheshwar Nagar and Patna as well as to improve the quality of our Children’s Homes which are attached to the schools. Regularizing the existing practices and focusing on sustainable NHE practices was the theme of the training program.

The training programme covered the basics of NHE philosophy and teaching methods, yoga for children (YES), ideas for ecology (ELF) and Student Volunteers (STUVOL). There was a public programme with presentations and competitions.

These local teacher training programmes help to equip the schools with modern teaching aids and implements. As a result of the training, one more hour was introduced into the daily curriculum as part of the regular course to include fine arts, music, classical and folk dance, gardening, regular physical training and parade with a band. New elements in the school flow are rhymes and stories, regular yoga-asanas, kaoshikii and meditation by all the students.

This NHE Teacher Training was facilitated by Didi Ananda Jyotirekha, Didi Ananda Snigdha Acarya and Didi Ananda Sujata. A certificate for attending the programme was also distributed to the registered participants.