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AVEC Teachers' Seminar 2013 in Mumbai

By Carissa Gudino
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Mumbai, Sep. 29. Learning is a life-long process... it is said that we learn from the womb to the tomb. Keeping this in mind, the Archdiocesan Value Education Commission (AVEC) organised a seminar for value education co-ordinators/ teachers of all the ABE schools in Mumbai on the 26th of September 2013. This year there were 225 participants from 104 schools.
The seminar, conceptualised by Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb, aimed at helping the value education co-ordinators of the various schools to familiarize themselves with the activities of AVEC as well as to assist them in exchanging ideas and getting to know one other. Further more the Seminar was intended to help the teachers work hand in hand with AVEC towards the common goal of instilling values in the hearts and minds of the young children entrusted to their care.

The seminar was inaugurated by Fr. George Athaide, the secretary of the Archdiocesan Board of Education. Kia Scherr spoke about her Peace Forum and the One Life Alliance of which she is the founder. She also released a DVD containing the 30-day pledge for respecting the sacredness of life. One of the teachers commented that ''The 30-day pledge was very exciting and inspiring - the highlight of the day.''

AVEC awards were presented to the winners of the various competitions that were organised.  The participants were enthused by the talk of Fr. Ajoy Fernandes who took them through the value of understanding mental health, which is often overlooked. The session was lively and interactive with videos to help the teachers to give attention to special children.

Fr. Joaquim Fernandes instructed the teachers about the effects of media and networking upon the academic and social development of students.

Towards the end of the Seminar a representative from Macmillan Publishers, Ms. Avinash Kaur Dhanoa introduced those present to their Xpress series' integrated teaching-learning resources. Macmillan also distributed copies of their book 'More than a Teacher' which speaks about the dynamics of teaching. The book attempts to shed light on some of the constraints teachers face and offers possible solutions to common problems.
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