Integrated teaching practices that nurture the highest standards of intellect, character and physical development
The Character Development Program aims to help students systematically develop capabilities related to their own spiritual and intellectual growth and their ability to contribute to the progress of their community and society at large. A “capability” in this context is seen as a developed capacity to think and act within a well-defined sphere of activity and following a well-defined purpose. The strengthening of any given capability requires a student to understand certain concepts, acquire sets of skills, abilities and habits, develop positive attitudes towards learning, service and life, and consciously and organically strengthen the spiritual qualities that underpin their thoughts and actions. The capabilities the students develop through their participation in the Character Development Program are also reinforced across other academic subjects, and into future grade levels.
Some examples of capabilities students work on developing in the Character Development Program include:
- the capability of contributing to a united, loving and responsible family
- the capability of building unity in diversity
- the capability of participating in group actions and decision making
- the capability of contributing to social progress
- the capability of pursuing personal affairs with rectitude
- the capability of promoting responsible stewardship of natural resources
The School of the Nations applies award-winning programs to nurture the various elements of individual and community empowerment related capabilities in all students. In kindergarten and primary, the spiritual qualities and intellectual faculties of students are awakened and nurtured through a program focused on developing character alongside scientific, mathematical and linguistic capabilities. Between the ages of 12 and 15—a critical period when young people are acquiring the attitudes and attributes that will chart the courses of their lives—students develop their powers of expression, a sound moral framework and ability to analyze society and the forces operating within it, while channelling their surging energies into service to the community. From the age of 15 onwards, young people are accompanied to take on a higher measure of responsibility to aid the development of those around them, especially younger youth and children. These efforts are also woven directly and indirectly into the academic, social and physical development programs.