|EHV is a secular Values Education programme. It is offered as a free service, so it may be implemented by any community, and adapted it to your situation. EHV is complete in itself, but it can also be used alongside other such global programmes as The Virtues Project, Christian Values, Living Values etc.
|EHV encourages us to look deeply at our thoughts and actions - at ourselves as role models. Then we can take the next step: teaching young people to think beyond themselves, to value others and to develop their full potential. To do this, EHV gives a simple teaching approach, and sample lesson plans.
|EHV is organic ~ growing through input from people around the globe. The original idea came from an Indian educationist, humanitarian and spiritual teacher, Sai Baba, who, as a free service, established many schools teaching Human Values. It
is a secular programme, though it can be incorporated into religious education programmes, in whatever way people wish to adapt it. In itself, EHV has noreligious affiliation.
|EHV takes five simple values: Truth, Right Conduct, Peace, Love, and Non-violence,and teaches them through five teaching tools: Quotes, Story-telling, Group Activity, Group Singing and Silent Time. Anyone can take part in EHV.
This document outlines the EHV method, and gives a sample lesson plan.
More free lesson plans may be downloaded from www.thesacredsite.com
|The Five Values
|The Learning Process
|Understanding ~ Appreciation ~ Practice
|The Five Teaching Tools
|The EHV Approach
|As we act, so we teach. When we care deeply enough to put that caring into action, we knowingly or unknowingly become mentors for others. This is the most effective way to teach ~ to be a role model for others. People no longer want to be preached at. Guilt and shame only result in resentment and pain. Positive, caring acts ‘teach’ through inspiring and empowering others.
We can also become more aware of the teaching process and use it consciously.
The five teaching tools maximize this and provide an easy method to use.
Learning is not complete until there is understanding, appreciation and practice.
Now let’s look more closely at teaching tool…
|• Go Straight to the heart of the matter
• Simple to understand
• Stay in long-term memory
• Inspire and encourage us on our journey
• Builds cohesion, harmony & solidarity
• Elevates our mood
• Makes the learning process joyful
• Helps us associate learning with pleasant emotions
|• Communicate in a Powerful, unique way
• Evoke interest and captivate the mind
• Identifying with characters, our hearts respond
• It’s Easy to remember the message & the value
|• Make learning fun
• Let us participate
• Help us learn from each another
• Help us feel that everything is inter-related
|• Helps us get ‘in touch’ with our thoughts & feelings
• Hear our own hearts beat as we learn to relax
• Conserve physical & emotional energy
• Improves concentration, mental ability & focus
|Please note that the silent time, enjoyed in Eucation in Human Values sessions, is
not associated with any religious practice ~ East or West. Many practices such as
prayer and meditation, do require one to relax and sit silently. But so too does
Students who know how to calm down, improve their concentration, and who think
positively, have a wonderful head-start in embodying the ancient saying “know
thyself”. Calming, relaxing and focussing skills are much needed in any career, and
they enhance our personal lives as well.
|Values in the Truth Family
Quest for Knowledge
Spirit of Inquiry
|Values in the Right Conduct Family
Obedience to higher self
Putting oneself in another’s shoes
Proper use of Time
|Values in the Peace Family
|Values in the Love Family
|Values in the Non-Violence Family
Appreciation of differences
Caring for the Environment
|Sample EHV Lesson Plan
|Value ~ Non Violence ~ focus: Gentleness
|“Be gentle on yourself!”
|“Gentle Old MacDonald” The full song, plus more activities, are in the Virtues in Me book and CD, available via the Children page of www.thesacredsite.com Old MacDonald had a farm – e i e i o And on that farm he had a (cat) – e i e i o “Be gentle with the cat now!” …x2
|Draw a picture showing how you are gentle with animals,
or plant a seed and care for it as it grows.
|“ Horton Hears a Who” ~ (Dr Seuss: Random House) Silent Time Sit quietly… relax… Imagine a soft feather floating in the air… it touches your face… how gentle it is… the sun is shining… everything is light and safe… When you are ready, let’s see you smile!
|• Download accompanying free lesson plans from the Virtues & Values page of
The Sacred Site ~ www.thesacredsite.com
• Handbook for Teachers ~ 25 Lesson Plans, a New Zealand EHV publication,
available from, Box 56-347, Dominion Rd, Auckland, NZ.
• UCA ~ (Universal Children's Audio), have a selection of Values-Education
resources. A free catalogue is available, or order from…
Freepost 4045, Box 52-076, Titahi Bay, Porirua, NZ
Free phone: 0800-500-885 Fax: 04-239-9976
The UCA website is fully secure for e-commerce. You can also hear samples of the
music on the website, and download the free Virtues Translation Lists in Maori,
plus an increasing range of free teaching notes.