An international three-day meet in Bangalore will discuss how to deal with challenges in the learning environment

Top educationists, futurists, policy-makers, executives and student from all over the world will gather in Bangalore to take part in a unique education conference. The Art of Living is organising a three-day international conference on Integrated Value Education from June 26 in association with UNESCO, World Bank Institute and Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO, Ministry of Human Resources. Spiritual leader and the founder of Art of Living, Sri Ravi Shankar, will inaugurate the conference to be held at the Art of Living International Centre. The conference will bring together thinkers from all walks of life to find new ways of dealing with the challenges in learning environments. "The conference will highlight the need for integrated value education to ensure world-class holistic education which facilitates cognitive, physical, emotional, social and spiritual growth of a child," says Haya Ramon, member of the organising committee. The list of speakers includes Dato' Gajaraj Dhanarajan, leading advocate and expert on Open and Distance Learning; Michael Daxner, President Emeritus, Professor of Sociology, University of Oldenburg; Germany; Scott H. Forbes, Executive Director of Holistic Education Inc, Oregon; Ameer Ali, Visiting Fellow, Murdoch Business School; Sushma Gulati, Head of the Department of Education Psychology and Foundations of Education, NCERT; Daniel Kropf, Founder, Education for Life, Netherlands; David Passig, futurist, lecturer and consultant; Mike Scaddan, one of 11 certificated Brain Compatible Learning Presenters in the world; M.S. Swaminathan, agriculture scientist; Minja Yang, UNESCO Representative to Bhutan, India, Maldives and Sri Lanka; and Princess of Lebanon, Hayat Areslan.

Integration

The gathering aims to create awareness of integrated value education — a blend of ancient wisdom and modern knowledge. It will bring together people who have carried out path-breaking work to tap into the vast treasure of heritage across civilisations. Their presentations will show how ancient wisdom can be integrated with modern methods and ideologies to create a conducive environment for holistic learning. There will be sessions on science-spirituality nexus, learning through inquiry, lifelong learning, teaching to educating, building partnership and building diversity through alternative models. There will be a "student gathering" to promote conversation between generations. Over 500 students from all over India will articulate their perceptions and share the solutions they see to meet life's challenges. "As the world becomes smaller, there is a need to transcend cultural and ethnic boundaries. Open mindedness and tolerance are vital to ensure global peace and harmony and these values can only be nurtured through right education," says Yezdi Batliwala, a member of the advisory board of the conference and a trustee of Sri Sri Ravishankar Vidya Mandir (SSRVM), the education initiative of the Art of Living. For further details of the conference, call +91 80 56909097 or + 91 9886452620 or email to aolunedu@gamil.comR. CHANDRAKANTH