1 Universal Values, 2 Global Understanding, 3 Excellence, 4 Service to Humanity
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CGE Philosophy (VUES)
The Four Building Blocks of Education


The Council for Global Education is an international non-profit organization which promotes these four building blocks of education as essential aspects of every child's education in the 21st century: universal values, global understanding, excellence in all things and service to humanity. These are the foundational aspects of the CGE framework for education, referred to as GEMS - the Global Education Model of Schooling. In addition to the four essential building blocks, the GEMS model includes the 12 governing principles which are part of a formative educational process (FEP) that helps shape educational outcomes and ensure that education is an on-going and dynamic process of continuous improvement in which all stakeholders participate. The goal of education is to ensure that a man has knowledge, wisdom, spiritual perception and exemplary living. In this process of education that begins in early childhood, children should acquire certain Habits of Life, such as always telling and seeking truth, striving for excellence in all things, self-analysis, appreciation for beauty, respect and reverence for all forms of life, compassion and kindness towards others, and search for meaning in all things, among others.

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Universal Values
A values education that includes respect, honesty and empathy is the foundation for every child's development. Without it, education cannot be effective. Values put meaning into action.
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Global Understanding
Children must learn to view national, linguistic, and cultural diversity as an asset. Love and respect for each other, proper communication skills, reverence for all forms of life, and true understanding must be the goals.
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Excellence in All Things
Excellence is a consequence of a values-focused education. It is redefined by CGE as competition with oneself, not simply others. A child who accepts excellence as a life guiding principle will be able to better develop his or her full potential and achieve extraordinarily.
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Service to Humanity
Children must be inspired to contribute to the betterment of the world. By taking care of the environment or the needy, for example, children gain additional confidence and motivation that a classroom setting alone cannot provide. Eventually, through such an education a man becomes a fruitful and productive.
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