Students at the ISKCON of New Jersey Sunday School after performing 'The Churning of the Milk Ocean' drama based on Srimad Bhagavatam.
ISKCON Sunday School educators, administrators, and youth leaders from all over North America are set to gather for a Sunday School and Youth Education Conference at ISKCON Baltimore from May 29th to 31st, to develop a common vision and share best practices.
According to the NA Child Protection Office, at least 1,200 children in North America are enrolled in official ISKCON Sunday Schools every week. Most Sunday Schools are taught in the temple during the Sunday Feast lecture, when the children need special engagement; others occur in parents’ homes.
“Given that around 95% of our children are now educated in public schools, that one hour of Sunday school per week is one of the major sources of spiritual education for them,” says Gopika-kanta Dasi, a professional public school teacher who has taught Sunday Schools at ISKCON of New Jersey for the past eight years. “So it’s of huge importance.”
Many temples also have different kinds of youth education programs, from monthly or weekly sangas, to retreats.