HEDCen Way of Life

These are the unique facets of the working and learning culture of HEDCen:

A. THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE WORLD-MINDED LEARNER

The entire world is now accessible to every learner/citizen of the world. Our global perspective allows us to access a worldwide view that will help in the understanding of the interconnectedness of nations, culture, and people for the world peace and human development.

B. THE INTRINSIC BENEFITS OF THE INCLUSIVE PROGRAM

Inclusive education is based on the right of all learners to a quality education that meets basic learning needs and enriches lives.

The tradition of an inclusive program in HEDCen not only responds to a global call for education to be accessible to all types of learners for one, but also provides (these children) a wealth of opportunities to respond to the needs outside one's self while developing a healthy self-image; growing the ability to work with different personalities; fostering a positive learning behavior and engendering a strong motivation to work to capacity.

There is so much to learn from every person coming from different situations and experiences. Every child in his unique circumstance is a gift no matter how difficult the challenges are, for as long as learning is not refused.

C. HEALTHY LIVING BEARS HEALTHY LEARNING

Learning takes place inside every child and the human body is the seat where knowledge, skills, and concepts are integrated. There is a great connection between health and physical, emotional, social and psychological being of an individual.

D. HUMILITY VS. MERITOCRACY

We learn from each other, whether one is coming from the position of a child or from that of a "teacher". In a school setup where the child is the raison d'être, arrogance that comes from a teacher does not support the idea of making learning accessible. There is a rule "to leave one's ego at the gate before entering the school grounds".

E. BREAKING FREE FROM PRECONCEPTION

Teaching does not fulfill its function/mission when the learner is viewed only on the basis of impression and labels. Inside the child is a vast universe that no teacher will neither completely understand nor interpret. The only way to get through a child is to keep believing in his basic goodness and unlimited potential.

F. RESPECT FOR LIFE

There is a practice in HEDCen where no one is supposed to "kill ants". This goes beyond ants. It goes for all humble creatures including little children. There is no one greater or lesser than himself - except for the Supreme Being - our Creator. Respect for life especially for those that are helpless is an act of compassion.