LOTUS CHILDREN'S EDUCATION TRUST -LCET
OUR AIMS AND PRINCIPLES
INFORMED BY EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE
REGISTERED CHARITY NUMBER: 1170236
COMPASSION IS OUR APPROACH AND WISDOM IS OUR AGENT FOR A SUSTAINABLE WORLD
LCET provides free holistic education and a chance to a bright future for destitute children particularly from the underdeveloped countries. At LCET, we strive to provide our children with a modern and holistic curriculum. The curriculum design is such that it will challenge and enhance the traditional academic abilities and develop an appreciation of sustainability in the usage of resources and in looking after the environment. Our curriculum is designed by keeping this planet’s long-term survival in mind. At LCET, we concentrate on systematic and age appropriate training to improve the children’s analytical and critical abilities, creative thinking and understanding of natural resources. We also support 'knowledge-based projects’, i.e. systematic training and capacity- building programs pertaining to different areas, some of which are associated with local knowledge, culture and livelihood, while others relate to modern technological skills and professional careers. Our communication and input is based on the common sense approach.
WHAT WE DO
Our specific aims and activities are:
(a) To advance the education of children and adolescents (aged 5-18 years) who are orphaned, destitute, disadvantaged, under-privileged, homeless or in other ways deprived, regardless of their race, creed, culture, gender or geographical location by providing residential and non-residential academic plus vocational education based on a set curriculum including education relating to climate and environmental sustainability, the ecosystem, forest conservation, organic crop cultivation, and health.
(b) The relief of financial need and suffering among victims of natural or other kinds of disaster in the form of money (or other means deemed suitable) for persons, bodies, organisations and/or countries affected.
Currently LCET operates from Chittagong Hill Tracts on the Bangladesh- Myanmar border to deliver the above mentioned aims. In the long term we hope to extend the benefits of this holistic education on a wider scale in countries such as Nepal, India and Myanmar. We believe that knowledge relieves our suffering, and brings us light, hope, contentment and peace. Let us work together to offer knowledge to 'Lotus' Children.
We strive to inform the design and delivery of our curriculum based on relevant and latest evidence from the field of psychology, science, philosophy and education. We also aspire to collect and build on the existing evidence to inform what works best in terms of an inclusive curriculum for teaching ethics, morality and importance of sustainability. We are in the process of developing an inclusive model of curriculum for children aged 6 to 18 years. We aim to develop a research programme to assess the benefits of our services, inform new curriculum design and thereby incorporate an Evidence Based Practice as a culture of our services. Evidence Based Practice (EBP) is widely used in the field of medicine and healthcare. EBP allows better provision of care, results in better outcome, and makes possible to ask relevant questions that advances the field. The field of Education is adapting to this methodology of EBP. We believe that an evidence-based approach will improve the outcome for the children and widen the reach of our mission and aims. We are discussing these ideas with a couple of academic departments in the UK. For more information on Evidence Based Practice in schools read this post by Ben Goldacre.
Goldacre, B. (2013). Teachers! What would evidence based practice look like? [Online], 15.03.2013. Available from http://www.badscience.net/2013/03/heres-my-paper-on-evidence-and-teaching-for-the-education-minister/ [Accessed: 02.09.2015]