The “Values Plus‘’ in New Horizon Gurukul is a values education programme that effectively integrates the principles of the Bhagavad Gita into the curriculum. At the heart of this programme, lies a distinct vision of creating global and responsible citizens with a strong belief in our rich Indian culture and values. The school works in collaboration with National Institute of Values Education, an initiative of ISKCON Bangalore, which has designed a curriculum based on values recommendations by the NCERT. The classes are interactive and the mentors of NIVE (National Institute for Value Education) use well-mapped lesson plans to help students connect to the message within. They are encouraged to apply it in their own lives, through small activities and initiatives.

Many values are covered under various categories – Universal, Social, Cultural, Personal, and Spiritual. The curriculum is designed to be age-appropriate, with adequate post-programme follow-up. The curriculum offers an assortment of interesting and thought provoking courses for children from class 1 to 10 that aims at improving the moral, spiritual and emotional health of children. This is achieved:

  • Through stories, based on the incidents from Vedic literature and the lives of great saints and personalities of India,
  • Through stories based on the philosophy and principles taught in the Bhagavad Gita,
  • Through stories based on Indian heritage, culture, sacred geography and festivals.
  • Through activities that reinforce learning

Exclusively for Grades 9 and 10, the programme helps explore the fact that science and spirituality can coexist and converge to give a cogent worldview that inspires enlightened and enriched living.

Life skills education is a step towards behavior change or behaviour development, an approach to address three key areas of life – Attitude, Skills and Knowledge. This enables the learners to translate knowledge, attitude and values into actual abilities.

Besides the classroom values education, Gurukulites get an opportunity to visit and serve students in schools catered by The Akshay Patra Foundation”.

Akshaya Patra School visits by students

“Action speaks louder than words.” The quote stands true in all aspects; whether it is to inculcate good manners in children or to imbibe the good virtues of kindness, sharing and to be thankful for what we have.

In the true spirit of the Gurukul tradition of value based system of learning, the students of classes 6 – 10 were given a hand on experience of doing something for their less fortunate friends by The Akshay Patra Foundation. They were taken to BBMP Government schools within Bangalore, where they served the mid-day meal to the students of the Primary classes, which is provided by the Akshay Patra Programme, in association with ISKCON.

Not only did the children learn a great deal from the experience, but they also enjoyed their interaction and play with their little friends. It was an enriching experience to see these children happy and content with what they have, something we fail in.

Students got the opportunity to visit the mega kitchen at The Akshaya Patra Foundation which serves thousands of children every day. After a tour of the state of the art kitchen, the students along with their teachers and Values Plus team went to the government schools where mid-day meals are provided. There the students learnt the value of humility and compassion, as they got an opportunity to serve lunch to those children. After a happy interaction with the school children, the students reflected their experience of compassion through a collage showing gratitude.

Special Homas are performed by the students of New Horizon Gurukul under the guidance of priests where the students are taught the rituals and prayers invoking Lord Ganapati, Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Saraswati. This is a special feature of Gurukul wherein every student gets an opportunity to imbibe our great culture and traditions.

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