Compassionate Integrity Training for Educators in Africa
Monday, September 28, 2020 - Monday, November 30, 2020
Educators have always had one of the most valuable roles to play in society. Their potential to influence foundational perspectives and world views allow them a tremendous opportunity to guide individuals towards living a more fulfilled and meaningful life and in effect shape society. The COVID 19 pandemic has brought about a serious disruption to the education system, significantly accelerating the process of change and bringing many inequalities to full view. Now, more than ever, educators are faced with an increasing need for skills such as critical thinking, resiliency, and adaptability to better contribute to learning that requires compassion and collaboration at its core.
In collaboration with Life University and The Global Youth Alliance for Kindness, Mindful African Initiative is sponsoring a limited number of passionate and committed educators in Africa to participate in the Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) program, to cultivate essential skills that will help them develop greater resiliency, and adequately adapt to the ever-transforming education system.
CIT is a multi-part training program that cultivates basic human values as skills for the purpose of increasing individual, social and environmental flourishing. The program focuses on and builds towards “Compassionate Integrity” – the ability to live one’s life in accordance with one’s values with a recognition of common humanity, our basic orientation to kindness, and reciprocity. Compassionate Integrity is achieved as a result of building up knowledge, understanding, and a set of concrete skills, and is what guards against actions that compromise the well-being of oneself and others, therefore cultivating it in one’s life and in one’s community directly impacts individual and collective flourishing.
CIT comprises three series, each with a set of skills covered:
- Self-Cultivation (Calming Body and Mind, Ethical Mindfulness, Emotional Awareness, and Self-compassion).
- Relating to Others (Impartiality and Common Humanity, Forgiveness and Gratitude, Empathic Concern, Compassion).
- Engaging in Systems (Appreciating Interdependence, Engaging with Discernment).
The skills build on from the previous skill with each series, starting with exploring the self, moving to focus on others, and finally transitioning to wider networks and systems that we are part of and engage with.
The CIT course comprises 10 skills that are completed through online/offline facilitated sessions, reflective writing, and contemplative journaling. It will take one 2-hour session to facilitate 1 skill. This training course will spread over 10 weeks (1 skill will be facilitated every week). The training will start on Monday 28th September 2020 at 11 am GMT and the sessions will be held every Monday same time for all the sessions. Note that there are no assignments and or tests in CIT.
Upon course completion, participants will be awarded a Course Completion Certificate jointly by Mindful African Initiative and Life University and the Center for Compassion, Integrity & Secular Ethics.