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”.