The first Education for Life elementary school was created in 1972 in the United States in the belief that children, in addition to intellectual motivation and preparation for employment, also need inspiration and preparation for life. The program is designed to meet individual needs, prepare him/her to face the challenges of the outside world, as well as within. The child is encouraged to understand that life is a way of self-indulgence. The essence of these principles is the integration of non-religious, spiritual and moral development with learning content. Teachers help students develop calmness, inner joy and compassion for others, along with academic excellence.
The principles of Education for Life arise from Eastern philosophy of an integrated approach to human development, supporting the children’s cognitive, social, emotional, personal, spiritual, and physical development. In addition, the principles emphasize the development of the child’s will defined as the ability to concentrate on a chosen or agreed activity and aim, by drawing attention and energy into this activity, by planning it, and using his/her resources or abilities to achieve the goal. The principles emphasize, in particular, an individualized approach to each child, and the importance of the teacher-child relationships.