The Unending Education Portal was created to serve as a resource platform for educators and learners aspiring towards Integral Education in the light of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. The goal is to assimilate innovative educational experiences within the context of Auroville and to publish them in an accessible manner. We expect this pool of hands-on knowledge to serve as an inspiration to those looking for alternative ways of learning, should they be teachers, students, researchers or simply individuals striving towards personal growth.
In The Mother’s words ‘Auroville wants to be a universal town where men and women of all countries are able to live in peace and progressive harmony above all creeds, all politics and all nationalities. The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity.’
According to its charter, education and progress are put at the center of its society, the aim and means of its life. We are all learners since Auroville is constantly in the process of inventing itself. This implies an ‘unending education and constant progress’, striving for a new way of living and a new consciousness. This differs from the traditional vision which considers that education is to prepare one to find one’s place in the economic system and gain the financial means of one’s freedom and happiness. Auroville attempts to challenge traditional practices, be it in the field of spirituality, technology, ecology, economy, governance and education, and to strive towards a truer and more meaningful way of existence. It offers a wide spectrum of educational centers where integral learning takes place, catering to all our inner and external aspects – heart, mind, life and body.
This portal is broadly organized into sections along age groups or broad fields of activities. These contain articles, downloadable reports, audio and video clips, and slide presentations. We intend to update the content on a regular basis and invite all those involved in Integral Education to share their research work.
The Unending Education Portal is part of an initiative to create knowledge portals in key areas of Auroville’s know-how and expertise. It is the result of 6 months (September 2010- February 2011) of intensive efforts by a dedicated core team and a big number of educators from various Auroville Schools and Learning Centers who contributed content.
The Unending Education Portal is made possible through sponsorship of Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research (SAIIER) and Stichting de Zaaier, Netherlands. It is also supported by: Auroville Consulting and Auroville Radio.