The Sai Organisation of Fiji has been operating a kindergarten and a primary school in Lautoka, Fiji since the year 2000. Fiji is a small island nation in the South Pacific (approximately 3200 kms from Sydney, Australia and 2150 kms from Auckland, New Zealand).
The school was established with the approval of the Ministry of Education Fiji and has been setup with the primary aim of setting a model where human values education forms an integral part of the total school curriculum. In other words, the school is able to provide a comprehensive teaching of the Ministry of Education required subjects (the national curriculum) combined with a well founded human values education program.
Currently (2016) there are a total of 138 children enrolled in the school – 116 students in the primary school and 22 students in the kindergarten.
Important facts about the Sai School:
The school is secular and non-denominational and accepts students from all races, religions and creeds. The school is run on the basis that spirituality and education in human values rests at its core.
To promote the spiritual, physical, education and social welfare of all students who choose to attend the school.
Every child that attends the Sathya Sai School embraces the universal human values of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non- violence in addition to the curriculum outlined by Fiji Education department.
All students study English, Fijian (local language) and Hindi languages and are taught to learn and respect different cultures.
Role of the School
The main purpose for establishing a Sathya Sai School is to provide quality education permeated with human values to children who would otherwise not receive it. To this end, such schools are often located in disadvantaged areas. Funding comes primarily from donations and, from government grant when such grants are consistent with national educational policies and those of the Sathya Sai Organisation.The School strive to provide free education.
The over-arching goals of The Sathya Sai School Fiji are:
to create an environment, culture, and ethos in which the five human values are actively practiced
the realisation in students of the full potential of human excellence
to provide a model of educational excellence for other schools to emulate.
In pursuit of these goals, the school promotes:
the teacher as exemplar
the spiritual transformation of students and teachers
identification with and respect for one’s culture and nation
appreciation of the unity of the different faiths
an active social conscience and an inclination to render selfless service to others.
(Information sourced from Global Overview of Sri Sathya Sai Education)
In 1997, Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba had requested various countries which had Sathya Sai Organisations to work towards establishing a Sai Model School in their respective countries so that teaching and learning of human values could be incorporated in the normal school curriculum. The Sathya Sai Organisation of Fiji took up Bhagawan’s call and decided that a model school would be built in Fiji.
In June 1998, a 35 acre block of land was purchased in Lautoka (the present site of the Fiji Sai School). The plans of the school were taken to Prashanti Nilayam, India by some Fiji devotees. During an interview with Sathya Sai Baba (the founder of Sathya Sai Schools), He blessed the plans by placing His divine hands of approval on the architectural designs. The devotee said to Sathya Sai Baba – “Please bless your school” to which Sathya Sai Baba lovingly responded “Your school, this is our school”.
The Sathya Sai Organisation Fiji sent 3 qualified teachers to the Sathya Sai Institute in Thailand to be trained in the Sathya Sai EHV program under the supervision of Dr. Artong Jumsai.
In August 1999, construction of the school started. The first stage of the construction included a 5 class room building, a toilet block, a caretaker’s quarters, a playground and other necessary amenities.
Classes began on 25 January 2000 with 20 students in Kindergarten and 15 students in class 1.
In subsequent years, a separate Kindergarten room and four additional classrooms were built. Presently, there are 10 classrooms for the primary school. The Institute of Sathya Sai Education is also located at the school.
Sathya Sai Service Organisation of Fiji