Holistic Education

Holistic education is based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to spiritual values such as compassion and peace. Holistic education aims to call forth from people an intrinsic reverence for life and a passionate love of learning. It instills an ethical balance between the heart, mind, and soul.

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Throughout the two-hundred-year history of public schooling, a widely scattered group of critics have pointed out that education should strive for more than to mold students into future citizens and workers, but to develop latent potential and creativity in all areas of life. The Swiss humanitarian, Johann Pestalozzi; the American Transcendentalists: Thoreau, Emerson and Alcott; the founders of “progressive education”: Francis Parker and John Dewey; and pioneers like Maria Montessori and Rudolph Steiner, all insisted that education should be understood as the ‘art of cultivating the moral, emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the developing child.’ During the 1970s, a growing body of literature in science, philosophy and cultural history provided an overarching conceptual framework to describe this increasingly popular form of education, generically termed holistic. The holistic way of thinking seeks to encompass and integrate multiple layers of experience and meaning, rather than narrowly defining human possibilities quantitatively. Every child is more than a future employee; every person’s intelligence and abilities are far more complex than his or her scores on standardized tests.

Education, itself, is universally recognized as a fundamental building block for human development and a great advantage in reducing poverty. NNF believes that education is a powerful driver for the development of the individual and society as a whole, expanding the psyche, improving intelligence, health, gender equality, peace, and stability.

San Francisco State University Guardian Scholars
Golestan Center for Language Immersion and Cultural Education
Keep Children In School Foundation
MAP U.S. Nutrition Outreach Program
Omid Foundation

San Francisco State University’s Guardian Scholars Program (GSP) is a comprehensive program of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), in collaboration with the School of Social Work which serves former foster care youth who are pursuing their undergraduate degrees. Launched in the Summer 2005, the GSP is a new program at SF State that is tailored to fit the needs of undergraduate students who were formerly in foster care.

The individual case management services offered will enhance EOP’s current academic focus. The Guardian Scholars Program partners with on campus departments, and works with off-campus social service groups to ensure a pipeline for CSU eligible youth in foster care. The combined partnership of SF State’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the SF State School of Social Work defines a commitment to student success and empowerment with a goal of graduating Guardian Scholars who are self-supporting, conscious community leaders, role models and successful professionals.


Golestan is committed to teaching Iranian Language and Culture to children while helping other communities in their efforts to raise curious, confident, generous, kind, compassionate, dignified, and altruistic children. Located in Berkeley, CA, Golestan Kids school provides an education that rivals the best progressive programs in the United States, while offering a fully immersed environment where children do not feel self-conscious about speaking Persian/Farsi.

The mission of the organization is multifold.

Golestan strives to cultivate young people with knowledge of and respect for Iranian language and culture to foster their development as active members of a diverse multicultural community.  Equally critical is the goal to encourage student development of reasoning and creative abilities through a dynamic and progressive program that draws from a diverse set of educational philosophies. The school serves as a model and resource for other communities (of all backgrounds), so that they may have the opportunity to create an enriching and idyllic school in their very own community.


KCIS’s mission is to  break the cycle of poverty by helping children stay in school.
KCIS implements its mission by matching sponsors from across the world directly to children whose families cannot afford to keep them in school, thus enabling them continue their education from grammar school through college.

Additionally, KCIS cultivates partnerships with other non-profit organizations with common goals as well as increases public awareness about the social justice dynamics and its link to education.


MAP Nutrition Outreach Program is developed to serve impoverished children and families within your community. The goal of the program is to fulfill the emergency and vital food needs of these children and families. MAP works with schools, community centers and shelters to identify hard working families who are facing difficulties in their lives. Often, parents have to make the hard choice between paying their bills and providing food for their children.

Research has shown that hunger impairs a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school and that children who struggle with hunger are more likely to experience headaches, stomach aches, colds, ear infections, and fatigue. According to the USDA, 15.3 million children live in food-insecure households. Many of these families want to make healthy meals at home for their kids bur are unable due to the cost of healthy groceries.

Our program provides children with healthy and nutritious protein and vegetables, which is not easily accessible through food pantries. The food is delivered to schools, community center or shelters on a regular basis, kept in a freezer and distributed by the school or center liaison to the families based on demand.


Launched in 2010, Inspire-Tech is a Davis, CA based non-profit organization working to bring equity in the technology sector. Our mission is to educate and inspire girls in primary, middle, and high school to become tech-savvy and confident. The projected growth for the technology field through 2040 is tremendous. Encouraging our girls to learn about technology will maximize equity, innovation and creativity.



In Inspire-Tech workshops, art meets science, girls meet role models, education, fun, collaboration and creativity happens.


The Omid Foundation is committed to strengthening the social, emotional and economic opportunities of disadvantaged young women in Iran. We provide them with a sense of self worth and life and opportunities in three key areas: self-empowerment, education and training. We pride ourselves on our holistic approach to helping these young women learn to be treated with respect, dignity and kindness.

The Omid Foundation also provides counseling assistance and entrepreneurship. Women leave our program feeling proud, strong and able to live their lives happily and confidentially in today’s society. Now in our second decade, we believe that we have developed one of the most effective programs in the world.