Bal Vikas (Sai Spiritual Education) is the primary basis of the great movement to restore righteousness (dharma) in the world....The ideal of the [program] is to raise a generation of boys and girls who have a clean and clear conscience.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, SSSS Vol 10/Chap 33, June 6, 1978
Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) Program
Bal Vikas means, literally, “blossoming of the child.” Bal Vikas or Sai Spiritual Education (SSE) as the program is known outside of India encourages children to live by the ancient truths or Sanathana Dharma that Sri Sathya Sai Baba, by His life and message, exemplifies.
The primary objective of the program is to awaken the latent divine qualities within each child. This is done gradually, through an emphasis on the cardinal human values of Truth, Right Action, Love, Peace and Nonviolence. The teaching is a process of what Sri Sathya Sai Baba speaks of as educare- knowledge revealed from within. One of the most important factors in the process is the teacher him or herself: the SSE teacher must be a living example of the values and virtues being taught.
Onsite SSE classes
Onsite SSE classes are organized by the Sathya Sai Baba centers and held weekly at a time and place suitable to the members of the Center. Typically, the classes are conducted between September and June following the regular school year. The program is an integral part of the Center activities.
Students are enrolled in the program in four SSE groups according to the grades they are attending in secular school:
SSE group 1- Grades 1 through 3
SSE group 2- Grades 4 through 6
SSE group 3- Grades 7 through 9
SSE group 4- Grades 10 through 12
There are 10 regions in the United States with over 100 SSE programs at Sathya Sai Baba Centers. The program has grown significantly, and currently there are over 3000 SSE students and over 750 volunteer teachers and coordinators who dedicate their time and energy to create a purposeful program for the students.
Sri Sathya Sai International Organization (SSSIO) Online SSE Program
The SSSIO Online SSE program is an International Program for children who are unable to attend a Sathya Sai Baba center SSE Program for various reasons. If you have SSE classes at a nearby Sathya Sai Baba center, we request you to please enroll your children for the in-person SSE program at the respective Sathya Sai Baba Center.
Please find the details of the program in this SSSIO Online SSE Program Description.
You can apply to this program if you would like your child to be considered. There are a limited number of seats and students are selected on a case by case basis. Please fill out the registration form: Online SSE Program Registration.
Sathya Sai Education in Human Values
By the 1980s, the SSE program was also adapted to foster human and spiritual values in children in the local community without the focus on a specific spiritual teacher. This new program called Sathya Sai Education in Human Values (SSEHV) is taught in community and after-school settings.