Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment
Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme
Classes 6, 7, 8
Age group 11-13
Duration: Three hours per week
Junior Youth Program intends to form a strong moral identity of the junior youths.
Empowering them to contribute to the establishment of a new world civilization.
The books are concerned with developing language skills, power of expression. Some
address mathematical concepts and Social issues, while other seeks to prepare young
people to approach the investigation of physical, social and Spiritual reality in a scientific
The period between the ages of 11 and 15 represents a special time of every individual,
where physical, emotional, intellectual &behavioural changes take place. This special
group of individuals known are called as junior youth.
The Junior Youth possess altruism, a sense of justice, eagerness to learn about the universe, and a desire to contribute to the construction of a better world. Various factors influence the way they think, act and behave such as the environment, culture, upbringing, and the society. Junior youth are observant and often question about the world around them.
It is vital then, to assist them in recognizing the moral issues underlying everyday decisions, besides empowering them to channelenergies towards strengthening their own character and serving their nearby community. Therefore, creative attention must be devoted tothem via development programs that will engage their interests, involve them in social interaction with older youth, as well as moldtheir capacities to serve the community.
The Junior Youth program helps them form a strong moral identity and empowers them to contribute to the well-being of their communities andthe world at large.
By developing their spiritual qualities (virtues), their intellectual capabilities and their capacities for service to society, theparticipants come to see that they can become agents of positive change in the world.
The program adopts a participatory mode of learning where the facilitator and participants learn from each other.
Groups of participants engage in activities such as artistic expression, discussion, drama, cooperative games, study of literature,story telling and acts of community service.
Celebrations of Spiritual Values
Kishore Mela or Celebrations of Reflections on Moral Values, are meaningful performances that bring home the learning of the Moral Programmes.
The Melas provided apt opportunities to bring to the parents some of the facets of the Morals Programme. Students put up performances which helped parents access the learnings of the moral classes. Parents also got a glimpse of the crafts and objects produced by children in the vocational classes in the Exhibition that was held along with the Mela.
The Kishore Mela put up by the students comprises a theatrical rendition of the book, Breezes of Confirmation. This interspersed drama with song, music and dance and brought to the fore the idea that God confirms every sincere heart-felt desire that is for the betterment of the community and the self.
As a part of the Melas, the students put up an impressive display of crafts learned in their vocational (extra-curricular) classes that are a part of the Morals programme.
Service is an integral part of the junior youth spiritual empowerment Programme. Every act of service makes us a better spiritual being. New Era encourages its students to engage in various acts of service throughout the academic session.
Some of these include reaching out to the community by teaching underprivileged children and adults, visiting orphanages and sharing thoughts, songs and spreading cheer. A few environment related service activities include making paper bags and distributing them to the shops as part of their efforts to save the planet.
24 SEPTEMBER 2013 - 1 OCTOBER 2013
The moral educational tour conducted once a year spans over
a weekend, for Primary school students, strikes the right balance
regarding spiritual, social, physical and academic education.
These tours to various parts of India provide an environment
that is conducive for holistic growth. Primary students are also
taken for a two day Moral Camps.
These camps help students to understand their own capabilities,
including the ability to make more friends, to be kind to one
another and to improve their power of expression in English and
understand the virtues that should be practiced. They gain more
knowledge through study of texts, learn to make an effort and to
sacrifice, and discover their talents. Every evening students spend
time together reflecting on their learning of the day. Further,
outings are organized where they get a chance to interact with
knowledgeable people and visit places that expand their horizons.
Other Educational Trips are held every year where students visit farms, factories, art galleries, historical places, planetariums, places of worship, science centres, museums etc.
......where the hand and the heart come together
Creating a work of art or a utility item which is also an object of beauty is an experience in itself. When the hand works in tandem with the heart true beauty is created. Extra-curricular activities or vocationals provide students with the space to be creative and expressive even as they get a rudimentary understanding of a certain art or craft. This gives them an opportunity to learn a new skill and appreciate beauty.
The Middle School runs 16 such courses which include, Tie and Die, Photography, Crochet, Bead Art, Key Board – Music, Glass & Ceramic painting, Art and craft, Tabla, Web designing, Computer Hardware, Embroidery, Baking, Movie Making, Welding, Mehendi and Emboss painting.