Sri Sathya Sai Balvikas Progam conceived and established by Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
Swami started the earliest version on sands of Chitravathi river, Puttparthi.
Mahila Vibhag (Women’s Wing) was created in 1968 and in 1969 Swami instructed ladies (mahila) to run a Bal Bihar (Vihar) program that comprises of learning stories, values from scriptures, epics and saints from all religions.
Children to learn bhajans, act in plays, cultivate habits of discipline.
Bal Vikas program was created in 1971
Balvikas is primary basis to restore Dharma (Righteousness)
Overseas Bal Vikas program started in 1971 in UK
USA devotees started Bal Vikas Program in 1977.
Concept of Education in Human Values was told by Swami in 1981 during world conference for teachers in Prasanthi Nilayam.
In 1983 the 15th anniversary of Bal Vikas program was celebrated in Puttaparthi and attended by over 20000 children.
In 1995 during the 6th World Conference held in Prasanthi Nilayam Puttparthi, to emphasize the universality of Bal Vikas program, the name was changed to Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) in countries outside of India by Bhagawan.
Overview of Sri Sathya Sai Education (SSSE) (SSSGC, Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi)
Sai Spiritual Education Program as part of the Sri Sathya Sai Global Council:
Since the 1970’s this program has always been part of the Sathya Sai Overseas Centers. Since the inception of the International Organization (SSSIO), the SSE program has been a place where children 6-18 years of age have been receiving spiritual education as envisioned by Swami on the sands of the Chitravathi river.
Even though over 6 decades have passed, the essence of the program, its vision and purpose have remained unchanged irrespective of time, place, or country. It’s inherent design and vision allows for the program only to thrive. With the teachings of Sathya Sai Baba firmly rooted in its foundation, the program, under SSSSGC will, among many other things, benefit children as always.
As part of the SSSGC, the program/wing will:
First and foremost be aligned 100% with Sri Sathya Sai Baba’s original program and will stay true to Swami’s intent.
1) Adorn the name Sri Sathya Sai in front of the word Spiritual Education to seek the blessings of Bhagawan. It is Sri Sathya Sai Spiritual Education. (SSSSE) 2) Continue to be part of one of the 3 wings of a Sai Center (Devotion, Service, Education). 3) Have weekly classes conducted by committed and trained Teacher volunteers in Centers. 4) Continue to offer 4 SSSSE groups as always (Groups 1,2,3,4- children Grades 1-12) 5) Ensure enrichment programs for all existing teachers and new teacher training to mold new ones. 6) Offer workshops and engaging service activities for all children. 7) Children and teachers will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate from the wisdom and knowledge of the program from other centers in the USA and other countries, including India. 8) Pilgrimage to Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi and offering of plays, talks will be available as part of centenary celebrations. 9) Be guided by the wise counsel of devotees, stalwarts, and pioneers of the program such as Mrs. Berniece Mead and Mrs. Geetha Mohan Ram.
Mrs. Geetha’s mother was one of the very first devotees to whom Swami gave direct guidance in 1968 on how to run the Balvikas program. She was right beside her mother as a 15-year-old girl helping with the program – both teaching and training.
Mrs.Berniece Mead was instrumental in putting the teacher’s manual together in the USA. Swami had appointed her National SSE Coordinator for the USA and she served for over a decade. She too has received direct guidance from Swami on how to run the program in the USA.
Dear parents, be rest assured that nothing will be taken out of the program. In fact, it will be enriched by the beauty of both domestic and global diversity, creativity, and strong guidance as originally envisioned by Swami as it is NOT a regular education program. It is a program of expansion as its foundation is LOVE. As a parent, you will continue to see your child blossom in every way.
This is a divine program that no one can change or even intend to change. The vision and conception of it is timeless. It is in our hands to stay engaged and enrich it. May Swami bless and guide each one of us. Prayers to Him to make our children productive members of our families and communities. Our children are the global citizens and leaders of the future. The program will shape their thinking in a global way and put them on the path that leads to their glorious future.
Register for Sri Sathya Sai Education (SSSE) academic year 2021 – 2022
Sairam Dear Parents,
Please take this opportunity to enroll into this program. Please find below the link to a simple google form for the enrolling of children for this academic year.
Note: Children and teachers will have the opportunity to learn and collaborate from the wisdom and knowledge of the program from other centers in the USA and other countries, including India.
Rest assured all classes will continue without any interruptions.
For any questions, please reach out to Sis. Sushama Tangella or Myself.