The first Global Conference on Neohumanist Education to be held in Caracas, Venezuela concluded with much inspiration and positive interactions among educators, social activists and project coordinators from South and North America and Europe. It was co-sponsored by the Prout Research Institute of Venezuela and Ananda Marga Gurukula.
On Monday, April 14, more than 180 participants came to the science faculty auditorium at the largest and oldest educational institute in the country, the Universidad Central de Venezuela, for an all-day program, to hear dynamic speakers from around the world. Presentations included cutting-edge holistic educational initiatives that are taking place in Brazil, Colombia, Denmark, India, Venezuela and the United States.
Following this one-day program, 50 people attended the three-day intensive seminar held at the Quinta Prout. Seven Brazilian Neohumanist schools in Sao Paulo and Porto Alegre sent representatives to this meeting, plus the preschool in Lima, Peru and of course the preschool in Caracas, Venezuela. The conference presented a unique opportunity for them all to meet and share their experiences.
Much inspiration was shared during the closing ceremony. Here is one of the comments:
“One month before the conference I had a dream in which many people were dancing in an auditorium with the colors of the rainbow. When I saw the poster for this conference with the colors of the rainbow, I was very happy. And when at the end of the conference in the university auditorium we did circular dancing on the stage and then together sang the song Venezuela, I realized that my dream had come true.”
Complementary programs during the week included a trip with 70 people to the local Botanical Gardens where Ananda Marga guru Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar had visited. Dada Shambhushivananda gave a public talk to 70 students and teachers at the International School, and to 50 students and professors at the Pedagogical Institute. A bus trip to visit Centro Madre had 30 participants. Ole Brekke gave a one-day clown workshop to 40 very enthusiastic participants. And four radio interviews took place before the event, two on Venezuelan National Radio.
Centro Madre, located two hours drive from Caracas in Barlovento, Venezuela, dedicates itself to a variety of educational and agriculture projects for personal and community transformation.
Centro Madre is a National Model of Small-Scale Sustainable Agriculture
by local publication Venezuela Analysis