Conscious of the unprecedented rise in individualism and materialism, violence and self-centeredness rampant in today’s society and of the essential role of the educational institutions to help in creating a generation of compassionate, polite, responsible, analytical and service-oriented individuals, City Montessori School began to take its endeavours in the field of character education to greater heights. The school found it necessary to give special attention to the students in the age group of 12-15 years.
CMS integrated the Junior Youth Empowerment Programme for the empowerment of junior youth into its school curriculum. This has provided a unique opportunity to empower and nurture the capacities of literally thousands of youth and junior youth to arise and fulﬁll their potential for initiating and sustaining the dual process of individual and social transformation, a kind of education that is rarely made available to youth today. The objectives of the programme are to enhance their power of expression; develop their ability to work with their peers in an environment of unity; read their own social reality; analyze situations; make responsible choices; and engage in acts of service to their communities.
City Montessori School (CMS) would like to invite you to apply for a period of service at one of its campuses in Lucknow, India.
CMS, which has over 56,000 students across 18 campuses, has integrated a programme for the empowerment of junior youth, inspired by the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Programme, into its school curriculum. This is a unique opportunity to empower and nurture the capacities of literally thousands of youth and junior youth who would otherwise not be able to benefit from this kind of education. The success of this programme will depend on youth who can volunteer to serve as teachers and trainers for a period of service ranging from 6 months to one year. Serving in this capacity will, undoubtedly, bring immense joy and gratification to the youth volunteers who would experience this as part of their contribution towards the betterment of society.
There will be one time tabled period each week of moral education classes and/or junior youth groups for each section of students, which will be facilitated by the volunteer youth. Each section consists of roughly 40-60 students, so the experience will be noticeably different from a typical junior youth group of 15 participants. As this is a new scheme, it is likely that the full extent of the involvement of youth volunteers will develop and evolve during their time here. Other potential service opportunities include acting as general teaching assistants, helping with the community outreach programmes, visiting homes of the students who serve as animators, and other service activities. The main role, however, will be to run junior youth groups within the school time table. Thus, a youth volunteer’s typical daily schedule would be attending school in the mornings and afternoons, and in the evenings being engaged in activities ranging from participating in study sessions organized by the department of Character Education & Youth Empowerment as well as service activities with the wider society. Youth volunteers will of course have some leisure time to spend as they wish, whilst remembering that their actions represent CMS and their parent community.
City Montessori School is officially recognised as the world’s largest city-school, with over 56,000 students aged 2-18 and 18 campuses in the city of Lucknow. CMS strives not only to educate intelligent, hard-working, knowledgeable pupils, who achieve the highest possible academic excellence, but also to inculcate in its pupils a spirit of service and to nurture their inherent capacity to contribute towards the betterment of society. The school’s underlying philosophy is the principle of “The Earth is but one country and mankind its citizens”, and all CMS pupils chant prayers in their morning assemblies bearing witness to the reality that the purpose of their life is to know God and to worship Him. Understanding the implications of that is the utmost effort of CMS community in its goal of nurturing visionary leaders and proactive world citizens committed to working towards world peace and unity.
(for further information, please visit http://www.cmseducation.org)
CMS organises 28 international events and conferences on a regular basis, which aim to enrich the school’s pupils and staff, and benefit the development protagonists in the wider society. Youth volunteers would have the opportunity to attend and take part in these events as much or as little as they would like. These events include the International Conference of Chief Justices (The Global Peace Congress).These gatherings resonate with the school’s motto of “Jai Jagat” - meaning “Hail the World”.
Youth volunteers will be expected to come to the city of Lucknow by their own means, preferably in March if intending to stay for 6 months, and July for one year. Oncethey arrive in Lucknow (either at the train station or the airport), they will be the guests of City Montessori School. CMS will take care of their accommodation and food requirements, and will offer a modest stipend to cover any additional living expenses. CMS will ensure that all the youth have access to basic medical care. All youth should come with medical insurance. In addition, youth will have access to CMS facilities whenever they are not in use by school pupils or events - including social spaces, work spaces, outdoor spaces, libraries, and facilities for music, sport, art, computing and internet access. Accommodation will be in the form of an air-conditioned en suite hotel-style room shared by two youth of the same gender and similar age.
In addition, volunteers should be willing to adapt to a new culture and surroundings,handle large class sizes, and, most importantly, be willing to learn while serving.
Prior experience of facilitating children’s classes and junior youth groups is preferable. In addition, those applicants who have completed the institute books 3 and 5 - which contain training for children’s class teachers and junior youth animators respectively - will be favoured. The orientation programme will include the study of the Junior Youth Empowerment Program materials, refresher on some institute materials, Discourse on Social Action, and relevant materials of youth conferences.
Workshop on ‘Character Education, Oral Hygiene & Model UN at The Hague’ by Ms Tahireh Danesh from UK and Dr. Victoria Tedjarati from China in January 2018
Preparatory Seminar for 4 days in February 2018 for all JYEP teachers/coordinators/volunteers on ‘Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth’ based on Book 5.
Animators’ Training in 9 JYEP campuses in March 2018
Workshop by Mr. Tim Schaffter & Mrs. Diana Schaffter in April 2018 with the eco club members and environment coordinators, JYEP coordinators and animators, Model United Nation (MUN) clubs, and share UNICEF’s work on child rights and development and shortcomings of the UN from a practitioner’s point of view and experience
Training of 11th grade animators in April 2018
Preparatory seminar on 18th June 2018 for facilitators of Senior Teacher Training
Two-Day Seminar for senior teachers (classes 11-12) on 22nd and 23rd June 2018 on ‘Raising Capability for Social Action’
Two-Day Seminar for senior teachers (classes 9-10) on 25th and 26th June 2018 on ‘Raising Capability for Social Action’
Preparatory seminar on 18th September 2018 for facilitators of Junior Teacher Training
Seminar for junior teachers (classes 8, 9 and 10) on 19th September 2018 on ‘Raising Capability for Social Action’
Training of teachers at CMS Rajajipuram II
In-service teacher training for JYEP
Preparatory seminar on 28th September 2018 for facilitators of Animators’ Conference on ‘Drawing on the Power of the Word’
Orientation sessions on Book 10
Animators’ Conference on 13th and 14th October 2018
Pre-primary teacher training on ‘Hidden Gems’ in November-December 2018
Animators’ Conference on 23rd and 24th December 2018
Moral Science Workshop in January 2019
Workshop by Mr. Dave Feldman from USA on “Initiating Sustainability in your Campus and in your own Communities” in January 2019
Workshop focusing on “Awakening the Gifts of Character: An Introduction to The Virtues Project” by Mrs. Dara Feldman from USA in February 2019
International Conference on Character Education and Future Impact, 2-3 February 2019
Preparatory workshop on Book 5, ‘Releasing the Powers of the Junior Youth’ from 20-25 February 2019
Animator training in the month of March 2019 in 10 campuses of CMS.
391 students attended the Animators’ Conference in 2018. There were 230 who attended the conference on 13-14 October and 161 on 23-24 December 2018. These conferences were organized by the Department of Character Education and Youth Empowerment at WUCC, Kanpur Road.
At both the conferences, the programme consisted of the study of the book ‘Drawing on the Power of the Word’, learning prayers and quotations and artistic activities. The content of the book resonates with the experience of the animators themselves in facilitating a junior youth group. It reiterates the sublime purpose of the JYEP as that of empowering the junior youth with a two-fold sense of purpose: that of individual and social transformation. It draws attention of the animators to their responsibility of helping young people aged 12-15 to develop their powers of expression and strengthen their capacities to recognize the moral issues underlying individual and collective decisions. As the material unfolded it became clear that the youth need to be assisted in acquiring a language rich enough to enable them to understand the powerful forces that shape social values and therefore the primary focus of this study was to encourage youth to think critically about the world around them, to analyze assumptions, and to distinguish truth from falsehood. Artistic activities, cooperative games, reflection and planning were other elements of the two-day programme. At the concluding session, the students made presentations of their plan for their schools, as well as songs, skits and nukkad natak highlighting social issues.
Since the conferences, the animators have been focusing on fulfilling the plans that they made with renewed vigor and enthusiasm with the help of the junior youth in their own campuses. Service to the common good continues to be the dominating passion of their lives. The principals and management of the campuses have lent all support to the animators in fulfillment of their service in the school.
There are a number of educators who have described some of the innate intellectual and spiritual powers that manifest themselves during the transitional stage of adolescence. One, for example, has underscored the interest junior youth exhibit in theoretical problems not related to everyday realities. Another has emphasized the role they can play in social change calling each generation of adolescents "a vital regenerator in the process of evolution," who can "offer its loyalties and energies both to the conservation of that which continues to feel true and to the revolutionary correction of that which has lost its regenerative significance". And yet another thinker has called attention to the potential of transformation in adolescence by stating that at that stage of life human being are like "empty but organic receptacles, fully formed though still growing, capable of receiving with all their being." Convinced that education should take advantage of the intensity that various modes of perception can bring to every experience, he has noted that such intensity, "together with integrity of being," can make of human society "a living, thriving, truly loving, joyously full and exuberant organism, rather than a cold, mechanical, empty theoretical concept." "That is the magic of transformation," are his words, "and that is the potential of adolescence."
Source: ‘Book 5, Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth’