Educate Hearts and Minds supports children and youth in developing a healthy relationship to oneself, others and nature. Our goal is to reach private and public schools, to pilot the programs first in Estonia and make them available also for other countries.

As part of The Inner and Outer Peace Fund, we create synergistic programs to promote the values of wisdom-based education and preserve the cultures through which they originate. We seek to build nourishment libraries amongst youth at schools and organizations in Asia, Europe and the United States. Our goal is to spark a conversation that puts cultivating happiness as a skill at the forefront of 21st century education for children.

Learn more about our work in Asia and the United States

Education for Self-Empowerment and Joy of Life

Today’s school system is mainly oriented on teaching about the outer world and we find it worrying that children and youth are diagnosed with stress, depression and other mental health issues at an even greater rate and in younger age. We want to prevent such problems and want our children to become healthy and happy human beings.

Education created by teachers to empower children and youth with self-knowledge and skills, e.g. how to manage attention and negative emotions, how to find inner peace and meditate in a simple way.

The program includes training for teachers, children and youth, mentoring and follow-up. It is created in Estonia and based on inner education program The Art of Conscious Change initially meant for adults, taught for more than 10 years by modern wisdom teacher and master of kriya yoga Ingvar Villido.

Foundation for Future Education has tested the education program for three years in Estonia and, based on the feedback received, seeks to further develop it with professional to respond really well to the needs and possibilities of a school system and to make the programs available also internationally.

Amount needed: 33 000 €


Education for Creating a Positive and Sustainable World

Children have an innate ability to dream, though their dreams may seem unrealistic to parents and teachers. Yet what parents see as fantasy is very much a reality for the children.

With this philosophy, Gunter Pauli and ZERI Learning Initiative created a series of fables that form the starting point of a fascinating learning journey through science. These fables are based on teaching five intelligences: four intelligences – academic, emotional, artistic, ecological – can be combined so as to create a fifth intelligence: the capacity to implement change.

Such an integrated learning system prepares youth for the challenges they will face in our changing world. With this approach, future generations will be full of creativity, ready to innovate, with clear ethical values. Most importantly, they will be determined to create a better world, such as their teachers and parents could never have imagined.

These learning systems are used today in more than 10 languages and countries. In order to make it available to more schools and countries, Foundation for Future Education is creating a more systematic approach and methodological support materials for teachers and decision-makers in education system.

Amount needed: 25,000 €

Management Team

Our experienced team has the character, courage and commitment to solving the world’s greatest challenges. We operate on the ground to facilitate essential research. Conducting large-scale interviews and clarifying risks and opportunities, we create engagement with community leaders to establish sustainable solutions.
Ave OitAve Oit is the chairperson of the supervisory board at the Foundation for Future Education. She is also a long-time chairperson of Lilleoru education hub in Estonia, founded in 1993 by modern wisdom teacher Ingvar Villido. The hub is active in the field of inner growth and sustainable way of life. Since 2018 it is also managing a private school for children. Ave is also one of the founders of the Estonian organic trade company Biomarket and the initiator of the blue economy, permaculture, ecovillage and Native American spirituality movements in Estonia. Her motto is: “To radically renew the human way of living, we need both inner and outer change”.
Shelley LewisShelley Lewis is the Executive Director of the Inner and Outer Peace Fund. Her will to effect positive change and empathic nature have led her to be at the forefront of designing forward-thinking lifestyle brands in publishing, wellness, and the arts with the mission to help people live well for close to two decades. Noted by her contemporaries as the Doyenne of Inner Calm, Shelley is well known for directing community based initiatives in New York City that foster compassion and authentic connection. She is a recognized thought leader in the field of wellness founding healing brand Sacred Space NY as a means to help New Yorker’s find their inner calm and discover practices for inner peace. She is the founder and host of The Equanimity Expert teaching a methodology for living based on wisdom based principles and Stoic Philosophy; mission based publishing company, Chocolate Sauce, devoted to nourishing the inner worlds of children; the Hedonic Lab a reflective laboratory for people pursuing their passion with purpose and is currently launching an empowerment fitness concept for tween girls called Wonder Gal. Her entree into the world of philanthropy came when she was appointed Director of new funding initiatives for a private foundation that worked closely with the National Science Foundation. The Sari Filtration Project in Dhaka Bangladesh for which she was appointed field officer was a trip which changed the trajectory of her life. Through her role she was privy to multiple early stage studies in the fields of neuroscience and mindfulness based stress reduction. Becoming well acquainted with many of the key academics in the field and their research, a particular interest at the cross section of insight and human flourishing led her to a six months teaching program at Teachers College, Columbia University designing socially and emotionally intelligent curriculum for children. She has made appearances on Al Jazeera, BBC News Worldwide, Deepak Chopra’s Sirirus Radio discussing her humanitarian endeavors and was a featured contributor for the social impact section of the Huffington Post. Originally from the UK she moved to London where she received her RSA diplomas at Christies. Once graduating she relocated to New York to continue her career at Christie’s and later on at The Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco before her trip to Bangladesh whilst working in conjunction with the National Science Foundation led to the creation of her first entrepreneurial pursuit, an award winning bi-lingual children’s book to help raise money to rebuild schools in Ghazni province Afghanistan. Blending her background in the arts, philanthropy, publishing and wellness, Shelley applies her holistic experience — she is a certified positive psychology coach, crisis counselor, and yoga teacher — with her creative talent and entrepreneurial drive. A quiet force of nature her formidable network of influencers make her well suited to spearhead the development of IOPF and cultivate its vision as a hub for impactful initiatives that help aid world peace by cultivating inner peace. Shelley holds a Master of Arts Degree from University of Glasgow and is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism.

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“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”

 – William Butler Yates