Early – Primary Education

Children growing up in AROHA communities will actually belong to the whole community in the sense that the community takes extra special care of their children. There are no homeless children, hungry children or uneducated children. Children are loved and cherished by the community and protected against any harm. All children get the same opportunities from the earliest age possible. Therefore, kindergartens and crèches will take on a different feel and function.
Community day-care and night-care centres will be the foundation of learning for young children. In these centres they will also receive unlimited healthcare and the best nutrition possible while in their most vulnerable years of life.

These centres will be managed by many people who are highly specialised in their respective fields and appointed by the community to care for the children. Among these skilled people will be developers of educational material who will develop such materials without restriction of any kind. Remember – money is no longer a hurdle to progress or success of any kind and therefore those who have been appointed by the community to develop educational and learning materials will have no restrictions.

Early learning will take place in the form of interactive games and other innovative techniques yet to be discovered. While Plato and many other great teachers of the past indicated the importance of ‘play’ and having fun during early development, we have completely negated this advice in modern times.

Fun and games have been removed from our schools by the control groups for obvious reasons. The current regime seems to believe that children should pay attention and listen to authority – not play games and have fun. Anyone who has ever taught young children will know how much information they retain and how much they learn by playing simple games or participate in fun interactive activities.

This early learning will include a wide variety of toys, tools, books, instruments and also technology like interactive video and informative programmes shown in a controlled environment while children are still too small and young to move around too much. The use of such tools has been extremely effective in giving young children important and basic knowledge about a large variety of subjects – before they venture out to learn about them on a practical level.

Special attention to artistic skills like drawing, painting and learning about musical instruments – experimenting with different instruments to activate their creative talents is critical. During these first formative years children will learn all the basic skills like reading and writing but the most important things they need to learn is to love and respect our planet, mother Earth.

Learn about soil, water, air and sunlight – learn how things grow and why they grow – learn about the animals, plants and insects – learn how to plant and grow seeds – where food comes from and how it is grown or made – learn about compost and earthworms – the cycle of nature – ignite their curiosity with as much diversity as possible.

As they learn this basic knowledge, from the age of around six years, they will start to participate in short half-day workshops and hands-on practical activities to learn the skills in greater detail. These practical experiences must include being exposed to as many different activities and skills as possible to keep their minds stimulated and wanting to learn more. They will visit as many masters as possible to stimulate their imagination and open their minds to unbridled possibilities.

At this early age children love to watch people do different things and everything is exciting. Most of the time they are inspired to somehow get involved – often they want to participate or imitate. They must be provided with all these opportunities and never denied their natural creative outburst of talent. Their exposure to what people do must be as wide as possible. From farming, baking, woodwork, building, engineering, sowing, music, arts, how chickens lay eggs and cows create milk – how cheese and butter is made, how cotton is spun and carpets are woven and everything imaginable. This will also help the children to activate and recognise their own natural talents at an early age.

Planting and growing seeds and food and taking care of the young plants and trees must be an ongoing part of early learning for the first few years. Children could be the source of all the seedlings and young trees that are used by the community. Especially the large number of herbs and medicinal plants that have been marginalised by the pharmaceutical industry. These will be used to great effect by traditional healers and natural healers who are masters of true healing.

These activities must include vegetables, fruit and nut trees of a wide variety to provide an abundance of food and health in years to come. This way children will develop bonds with what they grow and also develop mutual respect for what others have grown and cultivated – which will also include respect and love for mother nature.

There is a strong emphasis on participating in a wide variety of sports and cultural and recreational activities. Learning about music and playing instruments – painting and drawing and sculpting –all forms of art will be explored in abundance. After all, humans are creative creatures that are the expression of the Great Creation – and therefore our desire to create is insatiable and infinite. It is only the restrictions that have been placed on us in life by society, the economy and those who attempt to control us, that prevents us from continuously creating, developing, building, making, inventing… implementing.

Music schools and musical performances by children will most likely be a huge part of our cultural activity. The same applies to all forms of art and artistic expression – many such new forms will evolve in the AROHA communities because there will be no restriction due to a lack of money.

Sport and recreation will take on a similar evolutionary phase – some sport we participate in today will fade away, while new kinds of sports and games will be developed by communities as part of their creative expression.

Children will be encouraged to come up with creative solutions to the challenges of the community. Their ideas will be evaluated by the Council of Elders and implemented where it presents a benefit to the community. Young uncluttered minds often come up with the most brilliant ideas, but our society does not recognise or utilise these talents in any way today.