Over the last two decades, the devotees of ISKCON Bangalore have initiated several cultural and educational projects of momentous scale & scope across the country. Rooted in the ancient spiritual wisdom of Indian culture and heritage, the philosophy is to help the contemporary, multicultural & pluralistic society apply the time tested principles to improve the quality of life.
Basil Woods Preschool Academy was conceived in 2016 to deliver world-class pre-primary education by integrating the best practice methodologies including Montessori, Waldorf & Reggio Emilia approaches; with foundational spiritual values from the Indian culture & heritage.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India in its National Educational Policy (NEP) reports has recognized value orientation as an over-arching and comprehensive area that needs conscious integration with general education. It says :
"Education should be developed so as to increase productivity, achieve social and national integration, accelerate the process of modernization and cultivate social, moral and spiritual values.” (Radhakrishnan Commission 1948-49) "
"Truth (Satya), Righteous conduct (Dharma), Peace (Shanti), Love (Prem), and Non-Violence (Ahimsa) are the core universal values which can be identified as the foundation stone on which the value-based education programme can be built-up. These five are indeed universal values and respectively represent the five domains of human personality: intellectual, physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. They also are correspondingly co-related with the five major objectives of education, namely, knowledge, skills, balance, vision, and identity.” (Chavan Commission 1999) "
The June 2016 report of MHRD opines the following:
"Education has little meaning without development, nurture and internalization of values. In an increasingly complex globalized world, the erosion of values is adversely impacting human life in practically every sector of activity. It has resulted in alarming levels of exploitation of human beings and also of the nature. The sensitive man-nature link is in danger of snapping irretrievably. When values are ignored, humanity suffers; so does the man-nature dependency. Education, in its entirety, has to prepare persons for contributing to a world of peace, harmony, mutual trust and a value-based society."
"An acquaintance with the Indian tradition of acceptance of diversity of India’s heritage, culture and history could lead to social cohesion and religious amity. The content and process of education, particularly school education has to be prepared accordingly."
"Every teacher is to be prepared to internalize that apart from his professional readiness and responsibility, he is a role model, inculcator of values and is expected to lead a value-based life."
Basil Woods intends to address this important concern by inculcating universal spiritual values in children that empower discernment and action in a competitive, multicultural and pluralistic society.