Kenyan Pastor Alfred Linyulu (Centre) with Michael (Left) and Christine (Right), just two of the children The Emerging Church has helped keep in school.

We believe in an Educational Program that works hand in hand with The Emerging Church.

Our goal is to help children in need to be able to have a positive educational experience. It is about helping them with their basic human needs in their own environment, and making sure that their basic human needs are met. This will allow them to move onto Cognitive Needs, needs that are aesthetic, self-actualised and transcendent.

When we are helping a child in crisis, our goal is to provide them with support and care, allowing the child to move into a more realistic place, a place in which they can focus on learning, instead of concerns about the basics needs of human survival.

This style of Education has developed around the principles outlined in Abraham Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’.

Abraham Maslow created the following ‘Hierarchy of Needs’:

1.Basic Needs or Physiological Needs

These are somewhat obvious and necessary for basic human survival. Without food, air, drink, warmth and sleep, the human body cannot continue to function.

2.Safety Needs

Once physical needs are somewhat satisfied, focus on safety needs take precedence and dominate our behaviour. These needs being satisfied quell our need for an orderly predictable world, where unfairness and inconsistency are under control.

3.Belongingness and the Need for Love

Once basic and safety needs are met, human needs become social and involve a need for acceptance, and to love and be loved. If these elements are absent, social anxiety and depression can arise.

4.Esteem Needs

This level is attained when individuals feel comfortable with what they have accomplished from a success and status standpoint.

Maslows Heirarchy of Needs

5.Cognitive Needs

At this point, we feel a need to increase our intelligence and we chase knowledge to gain a better understanding of the world around us. We now feel a need to explore and desire new experiences.

6.Aesthetic Needs

With the previous needs satisfied, we now find we need to refresh ourselves with the presence of beauty, nature, art, music and the other aesthetically beautiful things the world has to offer. This leads to a beautiful feeling of intimacy and oneness with nature and everything beautiful.

7.Self-Actualization

This is our instinctual need as humans to make the most of our abilities and to strive to be the best we can be. Quoting Maslow “What a man can be, he must be.” It is also at this level that individuals experience extraordinary moments called Peak Experiences which include transpersonal and ecstatic states tinged with themes of euphoria, harmonization and interconnectedness.

8.Transcendence

Having personally self-actualized, there is a desire to help others self-actualize. In doing so, we connect with something beyond the ego and we experience states beyond normal human consciousness and take things to another level of being.

(Conscious Aging Institute © 2011)

 

If you want to find out more about this style Education or any of our Children’s Programs please email us at admin@theemergingchurch.com.au