With the Post-School programme well into its second year, we asked a small group among the post-school students to reflect on their reasons for opting for the programme and what the experience has meant for them. They were asked to respond to a set of broad questions. We share here excerpts from what they wrote.
The Purpose of The Post School Programme
In today’s fast paced and demanding world, the anxiety of earning a livelihood starts from a young age and dominates thinking as well as educational processes. The emphasis is almost entirely on passing examinations and preparing for a career. Adults and children alike, worry that ignoring the competitive environment, will leave us behind and make us dull and mediocre.
There is perhaps a totally different way of discovering a means of livelihood. This may be through finding out what one loves to do, what comes naturally and effortlessly, in the exercise of which there is a sense of creative happiness. The discovery of one’s vocation requires space and leisure and freedom from anxiety, envy and comparison.
More important than finding a vocation is self-knowing. To know oneself, that is, to understand oneself, one must watch one’s habits, patterns, and reactions as they surface in daily life. A choiceless awareness of these patterns is the beginning of freedom. This is perhaps crucial for a young person–as the foundation of a stable life is in self-knowing.
(Extract from the Post School brochure)
Reflections on the Post-School Experience
WHY JOIN THE POST-SCHOOL?