Our Educational Philosophy
reGeneration believes it is critical to educate the next generation in the Middle East to prepare leaders who can approach fundamental challenges in ways that can change the course of the societies in which they live.
“We can’t build the future for our youth but we can build our youth for the future.”
– President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Our developmentally based, non-gender biased educational programs (for example, both boys and girls engage in handcrafts such as knitting, crocheting, embroidery, sewing, woodworking, sawing, and auto mechanics which develop large and small motor skills as well as an aesthetic sense for design and craftsmanship.) are based on the global Waldorf educational approach. This approach builds resiliency in children growing up in many different situations all over the world.
It encourages children in the Middle East to play, learn and grow in productive, respectful, and peaceful environments, where creative and cooperative problem solving skills are fostered.
Ecological lifestyles too are cultivated. Beginning in kindergarten, the children learn to plant a garden, to watch it grow and eventually to harvest the fruits of their work. Throughout the grades, the children are encouraged to discover the many beautiful gifts of nature that lie all around them. Many of these are gathered and placed on a seasonal “nature table” in the classroom. The children are taught to observe closely and to love and respect the natural world. They also celebrate festivals that are related to the seasons of the year.
Social responsibility, community participation and critical thinking is encouraged, and moral imagination is nurtured. Integrated into our programs are social technologies based upon recent research on empathy and communication, that build the foundation to develop a sustainable, cooperative and thriving society.