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Chilparco International: Heart and Mind


Exactly, on October 21, 2023, I was invited as one of the globally=recognized speakers in a special discussion about Education. It was by the organization Chilparco international (CI), India- UK, founded by the CEO, Dr. Alka Mahajan, and chaired by Dr.  Naresh Mahajan. The topic chosen was AI-Based Education. The international renowned speakers were present from Europe, America, Asia, India, and many others. I was one of them, representing Indonesia or ASEAN.

From the discussion, more or less, as far as I could summarize, that education not only cover brain, but also heart, mind, humanity, and love. All of the speakers were in an agreement. To educate the children or the learners should instill their mind and heart, with knowledge and science, as well as the skills of being ready to adapt to their environment. 

They have some senses of humanity, equity, morality, culturally, and psychologically. In this occasion, I will relate the topic of the discussion above to the concept of education based on some proponents scientifically. 

Again, education system around the world should center their strategy on the stated purpose above. As Gardner, H. (2021) argued that education should not only cover the brain but also encompass the heart, mind, humanity, and love. In this, we are emphasizing a holistic and well-rounded approach to learning and personal development. The following are the breakdown of what each of the above elements represents:

First of all, it deals with brain. Education traditionally focuses on the intellectual aspects of learning, such as acquiring knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving, and cognitive skills. It encompasses subjects like math, science, and literature. Yes, of course, but it is enough. 

Therefore, it should also cover the children’s heart. In this system, education involving the heart emphasizes the emotional and social aspects of a person’s growth. It promotes empathy, emotional intelligence, compassion. Essentially, it is he ability to build meaningful relationships with others. After joining the school education, the children get the skill meaningfully for having relationships with others.

According to Schonert-Reichl, K. A., & Hymel, S. (2007), not only brain and heard, education should also entails mind. The mind refers to the broader scope of a person’s consciousness. It includes the learners or children’s beliefs, values, and personal philosophy. Education should also engage with the mind that encourages critical reflection, ethical reasoning, and a deeper understanding of one’s place in the world.

The next field that should be tackled by education is humanity.  As stated by Olugbenga, M. (2022), this aspect of education underscores the importance of cultivating a sense of global citizenship and social responsibility. It involves learning about diverse cultures, practicing tolerance, and contributing positively to society.

Finally, education touched love. Love in education is not just about romantic love but also encompasses care, kindness, and a sense of interconnectedness with all living beings (Owusu-Ansah, A., & Kyei-Blankson, L, 2016)). It promotes a nurturing and supportive environment for personal and collective growth.

The idea of education should deal with the brain, heart, mind, humanity, and love. The education system that covers such factors underscores the need for a comprehensive approach that nurtures not only cognitive abilities but also emotional intelligence, ethical values, and global awareness.

In summary, Chilparco International discussion above argued that education has a sense of compassion and connection with others. This holistic approach aims to develop individuals who are not only knowledgeable but also emotionally intelligent, empathetic, and socially responsible. All these will direct all the nations into world peace.

Dr. Djuwari is the Associate Professor at Universitas Nahdlatul Ulama Surabaya (UNUSA), Indonesia. The President of International Association of Scholarly Publishers, Editors, and Reviewers (IASPER). He is also the editor and reviewer of some international research journals; a journalist at Indonesia Pos; and a small business owner of Djuw Cafe.


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