"The Concept of Self-Knowledge based on the Universal Human Values"

From 3rd - 6th November 2015 the 3rd International Seminar on the subject of "The Concept of Self-Knowledge based on the Universal Human Values" was held in Almaty/Kazakhstan at the invitation of the “National Scientific, Practical, Educational and Health-Improving Centre Bobek” with the participation of lecturers of the ESSE Institute (Denmark): Marianne Meyer, Anita Friedrich and Petra von Kalinowski.

It brought together teachers from Kazakhstan’s National Programme of moral and spiritual education called “Self-Knowledge Programme”, including kindergarten teachers, and teachers of colleges and universities from all regions of the country. A significant part of the audience was the staff of the "Bobek" Center, which was the organizer of this International Seminar.

Altogether 294 participants attended the Seminar. Out of them 174 participants were introduced to Module 1 of the ESSE Training and 120, who had attended lectures and workshops of Module 1 in previous years, continued the training with Module 2. On completion of the Seminar, all participants received Certificates of Attendance.

The main purpose of the Seminar was to disclose value priorities of the Moral and Spiritual Education of "Self-knowledge", to develop moral and spiritual consciousness and self-awareness of the Seminar participants, as well as consideration of value development within the educational institutions.

The Seminar offered some practical tools:  techniques, methods and approaches, which are not only necessary in the lessons of “Self-Knowledge”, but also in the environment of the educational institutions at all levels.

Participants’ Feedback

“The creative workshops of the Seminar were full of Human Values in practice. The organizers and the lecturers were pleased with the ability of the participants to inspire with stories of deep spiritual and moral content, to dramatize parables, to compose poems, to sing songs, etc.”

“Role-plays as practiced during workshops could usefully be practiced not only with children but also with their parents and teachers. They will allow each participant of the educational process to understand different points of views as well as the principle of unity of thoughts, words and deeds.”

“I am grateful to the lecturers of ESSE Institute for the opportunity to enrich my knowledge and apply it in the framework of our “Self-Knowledge Programme”, of moral and spiritual education.”


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