- ABOUT ATHENA
My philosophy of education is deeply grounded in humanity. Who are we; what do we have to offer the world and why do we need education? The answer to these most fundamental of questions is precisely why there must be an Athena in the world.
Humanity is inherently value-based. However, we do not simply live according to a system of values because we have to. We do so because it allows us to live our lives with pleasure and purpose; we are free to create, innovate and express ourselves in such a way that adds to greater happiness, harmony and peace of human society.
The first is the principle of ‘individual uniqueness’. I have learned from my own scholastic experience that a rigid, impersonal system that stresses uniformity and conformity over individuality is detrimental to both the individual and to the society and thus does not allow social grace to be achieved. Every type of talent needs to be accepted, appreciated, celebrated and rewarded in order for the individual and society to thrive. Forcing every child into the same mould fosters confusion and division instead of confidence and unity.
As a founder of Athena, it is therefore my strong belief that this is why social grace is of such great importance. In order to achieve peace and happiness in society, we must give learning independence to the child. Every child is a pool of talent. Every child is an individual. When we understand these talents and work with these talents then social grace will come to the classroom.