Regional Primary (class 1-8) Teacher Training
in the Abiding Heart Education™️ Approach
Full-time: 5 February 2023 - 20 December 2024
Part-time: 2 January 2023 - 12 December 2027
2 years, full-time course
4 years, part-time course
Format: Online classes with teaching placements in the country of residence
Language: All classes and instruction in English.
Entry requirements: You are eligible to apply if you are from and residing in South-Asian countries (India, Bhutan, Sri-Lanka, Nepal, Tibetan Communities, Maldives, Bangladesh and Pakistan), or in the following South-East Asian countries: Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines and Malaysia. Primary teachers who are currently teaching or intending to teach in primary schools (class 1-8) in the private, monastic or government sector would benefit greatly from this course.
Minimum requirement: High school (completed class 12) final examinations: grade C or above in English, science and maths.
Monastic applicants: minimum 9 years of Shedra studies.
Teaching placements: Successful applicants must comply with all legislation in relation to school placements in their country of residence
Assessment: Continuous assessment including attendance, class participation, oral presentations, reflective practice and preparing lessons and activities for primary education.
Award: Primary (class 1-8) Teaching Certificate in the Abiding Heart Education™ approach
The Abiding Heart Education™ is a new approach to education that rests on a Buddhist paradigm. Fusing Buddhist worldview, meditation and application with Steiner/Waldorf methodology and developmental science we have created a unique children’s transformative experiential pedagogy that gives equal weight to the intellectual (head) affective (heart), and action (doing) domains. This new approach places the emphasis on developing wisdom and compassion that is to be lived in the class and in our personal life. Trainees will gain a good balance of theory and practical knowledge in teaching that is grounded in transformative experiential Buddhism thus fostering their continuing inner development.
The curriculum draws deeply on the live Buddhist experiential tradition which emphasizes applying the knowledge acquired in everyday experience in order to nurture an ongoing transformation. Students develop practical teaching skills based on child development theory and gain experience in creating teaching and learning resources in preparation for school placements and embarking on life as an Abiding Heart Education™ teacher. At the core of this course is the practice of letting our minds rest, our hands create, and our hearts rejoice. The sense of wonder that nurtures young children is a capacity we all have, and although it may not always flourish in adulthood, we can reconnect with it and deepen our experience.
This teacher training course specifically caters to teachers from South Asia and parts of the South East Asia region who are currently teaching or intending to teach in primary schools in the private, monastic or government sector. The course will empower primary teachers with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to create a nurturing and stimulating learning environment in order to support child development. Evidence shows that experiences of such positive learning environments support the development of self-esteem and confidence and increases the likelihood of children continuing in education.
Students will receive a theoretical and practical understanding of primary education based on the Abiding Heart Education’s transformative experiential Buddhist learning approach. We will also include elements of the cultural heritage of the Himalayan region to demonstrate how the curriculum can be adapted to a specific culture. Teachers from other regions will learn how to integrate their own culture, language and tradition into this education approach and curriculum. The course content includes:
The Abiding Heart’s transformative experiential Buddhist studies, which includes an engaging and life-changing study of Buddhist philosophy, meditation and application;
The Abiding Heart’s unique child development studies from birth to rebirth, bringing together Buddhist philosophy and psychology; together with developmental science, neuroscience and transformative experiential philosophy of education;
The Abiding Heart Education Learning Approach: Buddhist pedagogy, the transformative learning approach of Steiner and other contemporary philosophies of education leading to the understanding of the components of the Abiding Heart Education™ transformative experiential Buddhist learning approach;
The Abiding Heart Education™ transformative experiential curriculum studies content and application for primary (class1-8);
Curriculum development and lesson planning;
From an unhealthy self towards a healthy self: Safeguarding and nurturing the wellbeing of children with Buddhism in mind;
The compassionate wholesome practice of school organisation, management and community building;
Himalayan Buddhist arts, such as Thangka paintings, mani stone carving and Charya dance;
Artistic activities, such as drawing, painting, clay modelling, woodcarving, handwork and stone carving;
Teaching placements in the student's country of residence.
In addition, the Abiding Heart Education includes a specifically designed transformative experiential primary curriculum for the Himalayan region. We integrated the principles of Waldorf Education with Tibetan Buddhism that is embedded in Himalayan Buddhism, and local culture and languages. Through this, we aim to contribute to and broaden both governments and private sectors primary education curriculum.
Because of the urgency to protect Buddhist Himalayan culture, the Abiding Heart Education™ approach includes some translations of the Abiding Heart curriculum into the Tibetan and Nepalese languages. Teachers will have access to rich materials in Tibetan and Nepalese, which support the children’s sense of self and cultural identity while preserving their native language and ancient Buddhist traditions. The curriculum is available in English and all other language speakers are welcome to translate the resources into their own language.
The full-time training is a 2-year course and consists of a total of four semesters. The trainees will have 2 semesters each year:
Each semester has:
1-4 weeks teaching practice at a school
2-4 reading weeks/self-study
14-19 weeks of online lessons
The part-time training is a 4-year course and consists of a total of eight semesters. The trainees will have 2 semesters each year:
Winter/Spring Semesters: between 4-12 weeks
Summer/Autumn Semesters: 8-11weeks
Learning Group sessions: these take place in between the training periods
Students taking this training are required to attend all modules to receive a Teaching Certificate in the Abiding Heart Education™ approach.
For part-time students, ideally they need to complete all modules offered to them in each semester. In this way they can complete all modules building up credits towards their Certificate over the specified four years period.
However, a part-time student who is unable to attend all the required modules in each semester have the option to discuss an alternative plan with the course director prior to enrolling on the training course or before the semester commences. The 4-year part-time course assumes that students attend all modules of all training periods.
New full-time students must join the course during the winter/spring semester.
New part-time students can enroll during the winter/spring semester, starting with Curriculum Studies and Foundation Buddhist Studies, or during the summer/autumn semester, starting with modules in Child Development and continuing with Curriculum Studies.
Covid19: Owing to the pandemic all our courses have moved online. In the event the pandemic recedes and travel restrictions are lifted, students will have the option of attending in-person classes at the Abiding Heart Education Centre in Boudha, Kathmandu while those who so prefer may continue with online classes. The academic calendar will remain the same and we will offer a blended course to accommodate both online and in-person students.
Abiding Heart is offering the part-time courses on a donation basis.
There is a tuition fee for the full-time courses.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application pack and tuition fee information. Financial support is available for those who can't afford the tuition fee.
Students are asked to cover the cost of arts and crafts materials independently. In the case of Nepalese students who are unable to cover this cost, they may apply for financial support. Please note that nobody will be turned away because of financial difficulties.