The Resource Centre
Sri Aurobindo International Centre of
Education strives towards the evolution of a system of integral education, of an
environment that inspires children to develop the five essential aspects of
personality: the physical, the vital, the mental, the psychic and the spiritual.
There is an underlying unity in all knowledge, which the artificial boundaries
between academic subjects fail to emphasise. The Centre encourages its students
to choose subjects without regard to specialisation or the pressures of having
to choose a career.
Life has a divine purpose and one of the most important tasks
of education is to lead the student to discover for himself the aim of life and
the specific role that he himself has to play in it.
"The new aim is to help the child to develop his
intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, moral, spiritual being and his communal life
and impulses out of his own temperament and being," says Sri Aurobindo.
The Centre's approach is therefore not merely academic but
dynamic and integral. Knowledge is not something that it seeks to impart to the
student; rather opportunities and carefully selected material are presented to
him in such a way as to stimulate him to an inner activity by which real
knowledge can be evoked from within.
After all, the child is essentially a soul with a body,
life-energy and mind; he needs to be helped to develop integrally and
harmoniously. The Centre tries to provide the fullest possible development of
the physical, a fruitful channelisation of the life-energy in pursuits that
contribute to the growth of the personality, a thourough training of the mental
faculties in the humanities and sciences, and, through a powerful spiritual
atmosphere, the requisite help for the soul to come forward and gradually begin
to govern the rest of the being.
The Centre is relatively small with about 400 students. This
is to ensure that teachers and instructors can pay as much attention to each
child as possible. A typical class has only twelve or thirteen children; many
classes and other activities have even fewer children.
"The aim of education", the Mother wrote, "is not to prepare
the individual student to succeed in life and society, but to increase his
perfectibility to the utmost." In keeping with this aim, the Centre of Education
awards no degrees or diplomas, but attempts to provide an atmosphere where
knowledge is sought for the sake of knowledge and for the building up of the