Inculcating Culture and Values Through the Balvihar Model
Shobha Shivaram and Seema Laddha, Atlanta, GA
Cultural activities in Balvihar are designed to bring children and parents closer to our Hindu culture and roots. A typical Balvihar day begins with recitation of prayers invoking Lord Ganesha to remove obstacles both physical and spiritual, followed by oath of allegiance to both our Matru Bhumi Bharat and Karm Bhumi America.
In addition to the educational curriculum, the Balvihar model also emphasizes the celebration of major Indian festivals such as Holi, Diwali, Navratri, Mahavir Jayanti, Jhulelal Jayanti. These occasions provide excellent opportunity for our students and their families to reconnect with their cultural roots in a joyous atmosphere. Similarly, festivals like Janmastami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Baisakhi and Pongal are observed to serve as reminders of the close connection between our culture and the Mother Earth. The Balvihar also introduces the students to traditional Indian games like shatranj, kho kho and kabbadi.
Thus the Balvihar model attempts to combines educational curriculum with cultural activities to connect our next generation with their rich heritage in a fun-filled atmosphere.
About the presenters…
Shobha Shivaram holds MS degree in Accounting Information System. She works in IT field at Shaw Industries and has been an active Balvihar VHPA volunteer for 7 years
Seema Laddha has post diploma in Computer Applications. She works in AIS International School, Atlanta, as a Heritage Language Teacher. She also has a unique Fashion Boutique, SriYash Collections and has been an active Balvihar VHPA volunteer for 7 years.
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