Bal Vikas is not just a programme. It is a noble movement that took roots in the year 1968 with the founding of Sri Sathya Sai Mahila Vibhag. Swami instructed Mahila Vibhag in 1969 to start Bala Vihars for the children above six years of age and they were imparted education from the content drawn from ancient scriptures with Divine guidance, through the methodology of storytelling, enacting plays and singing Bhajans etc.
Bhagavan later changed the name of Bala Vihar into Bal Vikas in 1971, redefining the education system created by Him as the system aiming at the Blossoming of Human Excellence. As time passed by, slowly and steadily the Bal Vikas Programme designed by Bhagavan for children between 6 years to 15 years of age, in three groups, took shape and with the formation and expansion of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organization, Bal Vikas spread far and wide. Training modules were developed, research went in deeper, and with Bhagavan’s active and continuous guidance Bal Vikas was crystallized into a 9 year non-formal education system for children enhancing their learning to become role models in character and also in academic performance.
Swami Says “Children’s minds are innocent and pure. Each child is like white marble for the teacher and the parents to sculpt into an image of God, a bud to be helped to blossom in all its Divine glory so that it becomes a worthy offering to God. Sri Sathya Sai BalVikash (SSS-BV), the programme of Education in Human Values (EHV), has proved to be the ray of hope for the future as it promotes that each child is unique, unrepeatable and creative being and when treated as such, learns to recognize his or her own worth and to give respect to all.”
Sri Sathya Sai Balavikas has been a loving catalyst in development of the personalities, making each one of them who completes the 9 year programme spanning over the formative years of life from 6 to 15 years, blossom into beautiful flowers in His lovely garden.
The schools of today provide physical, intellectual and emotional growth of the child but Sri Sathya Sai Balavikas provides all-round development of the child so that he can face the challenges in life with dignity, confidence and strong character.Sri Sathya Sai Balavikas aims at inculcating good habits in the child so that he grows up into an ideal citizen – an asset not only to his parents but to the society, nation, and world at large.
The Bal Vikas programme is conducted on every Sunday for 1 Hr 30 minutes only through the use of five teaching techniques – Silent sitting/ guided visualization, Story-telling, Prayers, Group singing, Group Activities.
The objectives of Bal vikas as defined by Baba are:
- To raise a generation of boys and girls with a clean and clear conscience.
- To guide the children in the spiritual path through simple and moral living.
- To install in the young minds the importance of Duty, Devotion and Discipline.
- To help them to Love all and Serve all.
- To help them to grow into worthy citizens, to serve the society, identifying the Divinity present in all.
The main stakeholders of this beautiful program are 1) BV Children, 2) BV Gurus, and 3) Parents