Our mission is to foster “Learning communities for whole-person education towards a more compassionate world”, because
- We believe that, as individuals and societies, we invest in education to create a more compassionate world — a world that is more peaceful, sustainable, inclusive and equitable. To be explicit, education must not only enable the direct beneficiaries (the “recipients”) to have a better quality of life for themselves, it must enable everyone (even those who received less of it, or even did not receive it at all) to have a better quality of life. Essentially, we believe that the more education you receive, the more response-ability you have towards creating a better future for everyone.
- This necessarily requires whole-person education. Conventional formal education is highly biased towards education to prepare people for paid work (as employees or as entrepreneurs), and this is the dominant theme in conversations on education reform (e.g. “the need for employable graduates”, “mis-match between the output of education and labour market needs”, etc.). At present, it’s inconceivable to imagine our society without paid-work, but it is not even all of the work (if we define it as “utilizing our capabilities in the service of others”) that we do — and often the unpaid work we do (like parents looking after their children, or helping a friend, or volunteering in our community, or being active citizens, or championing a cause we are passionate about) can be more fulfilling than the paid work. And there’s much to life that we wouldn’t even label as work — experiencing the beauty of the natural world, or a work of art, fills us with awe. We express ourselves aesthetically. We engage in worship, individually or in communion — and lack of religion isn’t a barrier to this.
If education is to help us live meaningful lives, it must enable us to experience meaningfulness in all aspects of our lives.
- We believe this education can be most effective and efficient when it is pursued by learning communities — an application of the wisdom of traditonal practices to the opportunities and constraints of modern society. Unlike conventional schools, were Education is done by adults (givers) to children (receivers), a learning community is education by a community for the community — a collaborative, self-driven learning journey.
Note that when we say community, the most important members are the children, because the school is established for the purpose of serving their needs, but the parents/caregivers and Stewards are also valued members. The participation of every child and every adult is a gift that contributes to the learning of every member of the community.
For a more detailed explanation of how we arrived at this purpose statement, please see this article.