Education in a broad sense is an integral part of the Spirituality of Saint Angela. Education by the Sisters of the Order of Saint Ursula strives at developing children to become fully human persons who are able to cope with her or his personal condition, in a changing world, and with the situation of the society. It aims at developing their physical and mental abilities, fighting spirit, selfmastery, social relations, conviction sustained by faith in the One God. Thus they will be able to make use of themselves and all creation to achieve their happiness and that of others.
Ursuline education is characterized by:
- Motherly gentleness that considers each one as a unique person, that has to be fostered, protected, served and respected.
- Firmness in obeying the prevailing rules.
- Wisdom to act with gentleness or firmness according to the situation. Start with oneself, and be a good example for the children.
- Humility, being aware of one's own limitations as educator and recognizing that there is also wisdom in the children. Communicating simple and basic principles to reach the aim of education.
- Submission, willing to accept reality after one has done the utmost and made use of all the facilities available.
- Family atmosphere, involvement with others, considering them as brothers and sisters having the same status. Being merciful towards those who are forgotten, neglected and oppressed.
In order to achieve the above mentioned goals, Ursuline education takes two forms:
- Formal education in institutes provides knowledge and skills needed to keep pace with the development of science and technology.
- Non-formal education, which is non-institutional, promotes values and attitudes needed to cope with our challenging and ever changing world.
Considered as such, education is an ongoing process which is contextual (adapted to the situation and condition of a given time) and dynamic (open for changes of the time), and sensitive to the needs of time. Education is not only teaching lessons, but stimulating the desire to learn independantly, because learning is not limited to the classroom during schooltime, but a life long learning from the reality of life.