Introduction

Human-Centred Education (HCE) radically rethinks the aims of education, the nature and processes of learning, and the relationships in learning communities.

The vision of Human-Centred Education arose from three decades of work at the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace (GHFP). By supporting educational projects and schools worldwide, organising international conferences and symposia, and conducting empirical research into teaching and learning practices, the GHFP has continued to consolidate and articulate ideas underlying Human-Centred Education.

Briefly, Human-Centred Education (HCE) respects the intrinsic value of the whole person and their well-being, and focuses on cultivating those qualities that can be described as human, such as interest, curiosity, care, compassion, relationship and responsibility.

HCE builds a bridge between the ever-changing principles and policies of state secondary education and the myriad forms of alternative or progressive education. National education policy tends to ignore deeper educational processes, such as the cultivation of qualities that are central to living meaningfully and well, because they focus on high-stakes testing of academic performance. HCE provides an effective antidote to an obsession with testing; it offers a holistic and well-being-oriented approach, without sacrificing educational standards or schools’ interests in academic excellence.

As our recent pilot case study suggests, when a school commits to a human-centred approach to teaching and learning, students are empowered to unfold their holistic potential, flourishing both academically and in their wider lives.

For more information on how to integrate Human-Centred Education in your schools or learning centres, please contact us.

Explore the website for more information, or you may be interested in our books on Human-Centred Education.