By Tenzin Sangmo
Unveiling of SEE Learning curriculum. PC dalailama.com
DHARAMSHALA, April 5: His Holiness the Dalai Lama unveiled the SEE Learning (Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning) curriculum along with the Nobel peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi and the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and Minister of Education Manish Sisodia at the 2-day global launch conference at Andaz Hotel, New Delhi.
The conference saw educationists, civil-society leaders, philanthropists, and students from 37 countries along with representatives from thousands of educational bodies from across India participating.
Tempa Tsering, the director of the Dalai Lama Trust, said the conference is being held to discuss, strategize and realize the issue of future well-being and happiness of humanity.
Vana Foundation, the other collaborator of the initiative based in Dehradun envisions to revive Indian wisdom in contemporary India. Veer Singh, director of Vana foundation, said it was an honour to be associated with the initiative and to have the event take place in India, one of the fountains of spiritual wisdom for the world and the land of Buddha Shakyamuni.”
Dr. Robert Paul, a dean emeritus of Emory University conveyed high hopes on behalf of the university for the success of the program which he said couldn’t be more timely and in keeping with the university’s vision and its motto “The wise heart seeks knowledge.”
Geshe Lobsang Tenzin Negi, a former student and the dean of Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics at Emory University said the curriculum drew extensively from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings, especially from his books ‘Ethics for the New Millennium’ and ‘Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World.’
Four volumes were presented today as Early elementary curriculum, Late elementary curriculum, Middle school curriculum and See Learning curriculum. The curriculums had been translated into twelve languages, the six official languages of the UN, along with Tibetan, Hindi, Korean, Mongolian, German and Portuguese.
An online platform has been created for teachers to get training and allow conversation and learning.
The Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Minister of Education Manish Sisodia said it warms his heart to see how the sectorial boundary between government, NGOs and individual being blurred.
“We are trying to buy peace through weapons, rule through law and yet we see that there is no peace on earth.”
He said the result of Happiness Curriculum launched in Delhi government schools last year based on the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been tremendous.
"This SEE Learning course material is one of the greatest gifts to humanity.”
Kailash Satyarthi, Nobel peace laureate and children’s rights activist, welcomed the participants to India and likened His Holiness to a child, a symbol of transparency, truth, forgiveness and more quest for learning.
“Our children today are conditioned by the divisive identities we thrust upon them. We should not just teach children compassion; we should learn compassion from them,” he said, drawing from his decades of experience working with thousands of children in trouble across the globe.
In closing, he said “Compassion is the most precious gift of God if there is one. So, let us not confine it to our family and friends. The ocean of compassion can accommodate all of us.”