Entries by Michael Nitai Deranja

India Summer School

Ananda Pune’s New Biweekly Children’s and Parents’ Programmes by Brahmacharini Prisha (read as a PDF  Biweekly Children_Parent Programmes in PDF) “Could we have an ongoing children’s programme?”, urged several Ananda Pune parents back in February. In response, community children now gather every other Sunday at the City Centre for an inspirational as well as fun […]

Darshan on Music and EFL

Two hours every week are spent with five third graders. On my schedule it says I’m supposed to teach them music. Have I taught music before? Sure! Apart from many individual violin classes, I explored the realm of sound for about 6 years with a previous generation in our school. We sang long notes and […]

How to Help Children and Teens Experience Meaning, Purpose and Well-Being

For over 40 years, Education for Life has pioneered a holistic, non-sectarian approach to learning that  integrates character development and academic achievement. This workshop will share many of the materials, methods, and insights that have resulted in a continuous stream of students who have successfully cultivated universal values such as cheerfulness, forgiveness, and self-control while […]

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Antidisestablishmentarianism and How We Can Fill the Moral Vacuum in Our Schools

When I was growing up, one of the fascinations of childhood was learning to spell the word antidisestablishmentarianism. It was the longest word my friends and I could find and presented a fitting challenge for our budding intellects. (Some will say it has since been surpassed by the likes of pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis and supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.) Of course […]

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Hallmarks of an Education for Life School

By Nitai Deranja, President of Education for Life International Education for Life offers techniques for transforming education into an integral process which harmonizes book learning with direct life experience and instructs students in the art of living. It is based on the deep insight into the potential of every human being: Nurture creativity, intuition and wisdom […]

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Art of Joyful Education

The Story of the Beginning of the Ananda Schools  by Michael Nitai Deranja © 1980 A Search for Direction THE PLIGHT OF modern education continues to attract an abundance of constructive criticism. In most cases this concern has been expressed in a call for new curriculum materials, better facilities, increased financial support, and more highly […]