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Five Pillars of JOBA

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Universal Values

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Values are the beliefs that each person considers are important for himself and possibly for humanity as a whole. Values deeply influence all behaviors and attitudes and affect our decisions and relationships. They provide clarity and guidance.


For a value to be truly one's own, the person must act on it and her/his behavior must reflect it – not just verbally accept it or think that one should follow it.

Universal values are fundamental principles and beliefs that are shared across many cultures and societies, regardless of geography, history, or religion. They are considered universal because they are believed to be inherently important and valuable to all human beings.

Some examples of universal values include:

  1. Respect for human-dignity: The belief that all people have inherent worth and should be treated with respect and dignity.

  2. Compassion: The ability to feel empathy and concern for the well-being of others.

  3. Integrity: The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.

  4. Equality: The belief that all people are equal and should be treated equally, regardless of their race, gender, or other characteristics.

  5. Responsibility: The idea that individuals have a duty to act in ways that benefit themselves and others.

  6. Freedom: The belief that individuals should be able to make choices and pursue their goals without interference from others.

These values are considered universal because they are not specific to any particular culture or society, but rather reflect a shared understanding of what it means to be human. They can serve as a basis for building a shared sense of community and creating a more just and equitable world.

Sustainable Living


Sustainable living is trying to live in a way that reduces, or lessens, our use of the Earth's natural resources. The natural resources that come from the environment include food, water, plants, and minerals. Sustainability is the idea that humans must interact with the environment in a way that ensures there will be enough resources left for future generations.


Sustainable living is a practical philosophy that aims to reduce personal and societal environmental impact by making positive changes which counteract climate change other negative environmental concerns. More simply, sustainable living is a method of reducing one's carbon footprint.

Sustainable living is a way of life that aims to reduce our impact on the environment, preserve natural resources, and create a healthy, equitable society. It involves making conscious choices about how we live, work, and consume, with the goal of ensuring that future generations can also thrive.

Agriculture is a key area where sustainable living practices can have a significant impact. Sustainable agriculture involves using practices that maintain soil health, minimize the use of harmful chemicals, and conserve water and other natural resources. Examples of sustainable agricultural practices include crop rotation, cover cropping, and using natural pest management methods.

Sustainable food choices also play an important role in sustainable living. This includes choosing foods that are locally sourced and in season, reducing food waste, and supporting sustainable farming practices. A plant-based diet can also be more sustainable than a meat-based diet, as it requires fewer resources and generates fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainable medicine involves using holistic, natural approaches to healthcare, while minimizing the use of harmful chemicals and reducing waste. This includes using herbal remedies, practicing meditation and mindfulness, and engaging in regular physical activity to promote overall health and wellbeing.

Overall, sustainable living involves making choices that reduce our impact on the environment, support local economies, and promote health and wellbeing for all. It requires a commitment to long-term thinking and a willingness to make changes in our daily lives to ensure a sustainable future for ourselves and for future generations.

Life & Work Skills


Any skill that is useful in one's life can be considered a life skill. Personal skills are essential life skills we need to help maintain a healthy body and mind. Interpersonal and communication skills are the skills that we use to make connections with other people and are therefore an important part of what makes us human.


Learning skills [Critical Thinking, Creativity,Collaboration and Communication] teachers children about the mental processes required to adapt and improve upon a modern work environment.


Literacy skills [ Information literacy, Media Literacy, and Technology Literacy] focuses on how children can discern facts, publishing outlets and the technology behind them.


Life skills [Flexibility, Leadership, Initiative, Productivity and Social Skills] take a look at intangible elements of a child's everyday life.

Life and work skills refer to the set of abilities and competencies that individuals need in order to navigate their personal and professional lives successfully. These skills encompass a wide range of areas, from communication and problem-solving to time management and financial literacy.

In the 21st century, the skills needed to thrive in both personal and professional settings have shifted due to technological advancements and changes in the global economy. Some of the key 21st century skills include:

  1. Critical thinking and problem-solving: The ability to analyze information, evaluate different solutions, and make informed decisions.

  2. Creativity and innovation: The ability to think outside the box, generate new ideas, and apply them to real-world situations.

  3. Communication and collaboration: The ability to communicate effectively with others, work well in teams, and build strong relationships.

  4. Digital literacy: The ability to use technology to access, evaluate, and create information.

  5. Global and cultural awareness: The ability to understand and appreciate different cultures and perspectives, and to work effectively in diverse environments.

  6. Leadership and initiative: The ability to take charge and motivate others, set goals, and manage projects.

  7. Emotional intelligence: The ability to understand and manage one's own emotions, as well as to empathize with and respond to the emotions of others.

Developing these skills can help individuals succeed in their personal and professional lives, and can lead to more fulfilling and rewarding experiences. They are highly valued by employers and are considered essential for success in the 21st century economy.

Creative Art Forms


Art is the conscious use of skill and creative imagination, especially in the production of aesthetic objects. The art can be broadly sorted into categories such as painting, graphic design, illustration, sculpture, literature, architecture, film, music, theater, and fashion. 


Creative art activities can help children in all areas of development including, physical, social, cognitive, emotional, imagination and experimentation.

Art and literature are forms of human expression that are used to convey ideas, emotions, and experiences. While they are distinct forms of expression, they often overlap and influence each other.

Art can take many forms, including painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theater, film, and more. At its core, art is a creative and imaginative representation of the world around us, or of abstract concepts and ideas. It can evoke emotions, provoke thought, challenge assumptions, and offer new perspectives.

Literature is a form of written or spoken art that uses language to tell stories, convey ideas, and explore human experience. It can take many forms, including poetry, novels, short stories, plays, and essays. Literature can offer insights into different cultures and historical periods, and can reflect on the human condition in a way that helps us understand ourselves and others.

Both art and literature can be appreciated for their aesthetic qualities, as well as for the ways in which they offer insights into the human experience. They can serve as a means of self-expression and communication, and can be used to provoke discussion and debate on important social and cultural issues.

Public Cooperation


Global public cooperation refers to the collaborative efforts of individuals, organizations, and governments from around the world to address pressing global challenges. These challenges can include issues such as climate change, poverty, inequality, and pandemics.

Collaboration is a key aspect of global public cooperation. It involves working together to achieve shared goals and objectives, pooling resources and expertise, and sharing information and best practices. Collaboration can take many forms, from informal partnerships and networks to formal international agreements and treaties.

One example of global public cooperation is the United Nations, which brings together member states from around the world to promote peace, security, and sustainable development. The UN provides a platform for member states to collaborate and coordinate their efforts on a wide range of issues, from human rights to climate change.

Another example of global public cooperation is the Paris Agreement, a treaty signed by 196 countries to address the global challenge of climate change. The Paris Agreement sets out a framework for countries to work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming.

Other examples of global public cooperation include the World Health Organization, which coordinates global efforts to prevent and control pandemics, and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which provides funding and support to combat these diseases around the world.

Overall, global public cooperation and collaboration are essential for addressing complex global challenges and creating a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. By working together, individuals, organizations, and governments can pool their resources and expertise to achieve shared goals and make a positive impact on a global scale.

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