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Holistic: Value-Based Education with Dr. Neil Hawkes

Awake 2 Oneness Radio with Dr. Neil Hawkes founder of Values-based Education (VbE), a movement for cultural transformation on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 PM EDT. This show has been pre-recorded. Click here to listen to the show. Neil is the pioneered a new vision of education, Values-based Education (VbE), which is practiced around the world. Neil hopes you will be inspired to see the transformational power of universal positive human values such as respect, compassion, responsibility, justice, happiness and honesty as the foundation for a sustainable world. Neil promotes the Educational Philosophy of Valuing, and its practical application, Values-based Education (VbE), which is transforming society. He currently works as an International Educational Consultant to promote VbE throughout the world. Neil's early career encompassed teaching in the UK, two headships, and educational leadership in county education authorities. He was the Chief Adviser of the Isle of Wight Education Service. During this period, he became aware of the need for values education and the potential impact it could have on schools and education in general. The Birth of VbE Neil decided to investigate his new ideas, through a D.Phil at Oxford University, researching and developing an evidence-base for his developing theories. His research helped to mould his ideas into what was to become Values-based Education (VbE). Concurrently with his academic work at Oxford he worked as Head of West Kidlington Primary School Primary School in Oxfordshire. Here, together with a highly supportive staff and governors, he introduced VbE for the first time. The impact was startling, exactly as predicted by his research. Within a few years, the school had embedded VbE, and the pupils had acquired the personal and social competences that VbE develops. West Kidlington School won national and international recognition for its outstanding work in Values-based Education and became the ‘gold standard’ for the development of values education in Australia. The Spread of VbE The impact was apparent to other schools in the area, and the local authority asked Neil to help develop VbE in other schools in Oxfordshire. As new schools developed VbE, their neighbours saw the impact and in turn introduced VbE. The work spread to other areas such as Bedfordshire and Herefordshire as VbE developed organically, through schools seeing the impact at neighbors' schools and choosing to adopt it themselves. By 2016, we estimate that between 10-15% of schools in the UK will describe themselves as VbE schools. VbE has also spread abroad, and is practiced at schools throughout the world. It is a testament to Neil's concepts and ideals that that this has all been achieved with no funding or outside support whatsoever. IVET and the Internationalisation of VbE In 2008 Neil founded the UK charity International Values-based Education Trust (IVET), which he continues to lead today, whose objectives are the promotion of Values-based Education throughout the world. During recent years, Neil has worked in Australia, Belgium, Brunei, Cyprus, France, Greece, Holland, Iceland, Ireland, Jamaica, Lebanon, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, Singapore, The Seychelles, Sweden, Spain, UAE, USA and the UK. In 2006 and 2007, he was the keynote speaker at the Australian Government’s National Values Education Forum. He has briefed officials at 10 Downing Street and MPs at the House of Commons and Lords in the UK. In June 2007, he was invited to speak at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Neil is well known as an inspirational speaker and a leading thinker in education. He is an author of an inspirational book, From My Heart: Transforming Lives through Values. broadcaster and contributor to magazines, academic journals and periodicals. In 1996, he worked with a group of international educators at UNICEF headquarters in New York, USA, to found Living Values, which has been adopted by so many school and community systems affected by trauma. Transforming Schools Now reaching over 1 million students, Values-based Education inspires children, young people and adults to adopt and live positive human values. VbE transforms the school into exceptional environments for teaching and learning. The focus on ethical and emotional intelligence, deepened relationships, social cohesion and a strong values-culture give students the best chance of academic success. To learn more about Values-based Education visit:

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