The future of India is the children of today. Instilling values and a moral compass in any student’s early learning helps build a strong foundation for the coming generation to progress, thrive, and build an inclusive world. The Indian education system has several aspects that support and promote early learning of values and morals. Early learning of healthy values helps children identify good vs bad and identify with and develop their own moral compass.
Types of Value Education
Values are something that can be imbibed at any stage in a person’s life. However, the earlier a human being starts associating values and morals with society, the more impactful value education is. Let’s cover the types of value education and understand the different types of values that are imparted through value education courses:
- Moral Values: These include: ethical values, respect for others’ space and rights, keeping promises, avoiding unnecessary conflicts with others, avoiding escapes and dishonesty, acknowledging and appreciating people, and encouraging them to work.
- Universal Values: Universal values define what it is to be human. Life, joy, fraternity, love, empathy, service, and truth, are examples of universal values.
- Spiritual Values: Spiritual value education emphasises self-discipline concepts such as control, clarity, devotion, and well-being.
- Cultural Values: Cultural values are concerned with what is right and wrong, what is good and evil, as well as conventions and behaviour in a particular context. Language, ethics, social hierarchy, aesthetics, education, law, economics, philosophy, and all types of social organisations reflect cultural values.
Life stages to imbibe Value Education
1. Early-onset moral and value education
Private schools often offer value education as part of their curriculum, especially to primary school children to ensure early learning through a child’s early developmental stages.
2. Value Education for Teenage/ Young Adults:
Late teens and young adulthood are a crucial part of any person’s formative years. These years are responsible for creating skills and perspectives that enable a person to grow into a responsible adult and live to achieve their potential in society.
3. Adult workshops:
It’s never too late to study morals and values. Adults often go through value education courses in their professional life, especially in cases where communication with foreign clients is needed to learn their cultural practices.
Need for value education
Now that we’ve covered what exactly Value education is in today’s scenario and what its objectives are, let’s take a closer look to understand why we need it.
Value-based education is critical for the development and deepening of character, from a variety of perspectives. It also helps to see the world better.
- Gives positive advice on how to influence the future and even teaches about personal motivations.
- Demonstrates the diverse , healthy, and inclusive ways of living, which may be beneficial for all.
- Encourages to become more aware and moderate through value education.
- Provides a better understanding of life’s perspectives and helps live a productive life as a capable inhabitant.
- Encourages to form strong bonds with loved ones.
- Develops personality.
- Develops a healthy outlook on life as a result of value instruction.
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Objectives of value education
- Holistic physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development of a child.
- Inculcation of manners and responsible and cooperative citizenship.
- Fostering a sense of individual and societal dignity.
- Instilling a sense of pride and belonging.
- Fostering a democratic and inclusive mindset and manner of life.
- Fostering acceptance and understanding of various religious beliefs.
- Fostering a sense of fraternity on a social, national, and global scale.
- Giving students the ability to make judgments based on solid moral values.
Importance of Value Education
Value education has the potential to shape a person’s future and assist them in determining life’s purpose or destiny.
Because school is the foundation for significant learning, including value-based education in their foundational years can help them learn the most important values in their early years thereby building a strong foundation for their personality.
As a school discipline, value education is more focused on learning human values rather than memorising facts, equations, and theories with the objective of obtaining higher grades.
Education would be incomplete if it did not include the study of human values, which can help every child become nicer, more sensitive and empathetic, nurturing emotional intelligence in youngsters. While it is true that primary school children might not come across practical application of values in their daily lives, it is important to remember that children absorb these learnings as behaviour that they will carry with them throughout their life.
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