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Value Education Teachers' Forum 2014

By Alan D`silva
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Mumbai, Sep. 20. The Archdiocesan Value Education Centre (AVEC) organized a seminar for teachers on September 18, 2014 at Don Bosco International School (DBIS), Matunga. The Seminar was open to Catholic as well as non-Catholic schools and institutions.
Fr. Ian Doulton the keynote speaker for the seminar spoke to the teachers on 'Insights into Don Bosco's Pedagogy for today' during the first part of the seminar. He presented the values of Don Bosco's Preventive System and its relevance in the 21st Century. He mentioned three types of pedagogies that would enhance the quality of relationship between adults and youth: Pedagogy of Trust, Pedagogy of Hope and Pedagogy of Alliance.

The second part of the seminar consisted of 'Presentations and Panel discussion', for which the Chairperson was Fr. Savio Silveira, the Director of the DBIS, Matunga. Six speakers were invited to share their views on the theme 'Value education: Core and foundation of education'. The first speaker, Mr. Paul Machado, the Principal of Campion school, Cooperage spoke on 'Management fostering value based Environments in schools.' The second speaker, Sr. Romana, the Principal of St. Anne's Dabul spoke about 'Schools as Sacred ground for Religious Harmony.' Fr. Godfrey D'sa, the Principal of St. Joseph school Wadala, focussed his talk on 'Schools as Caring Environs for Mental health of students.'

Fr. Ryan Alex, the Director of Diocesan Pastoral centre, Bandra spoke on 'Forming students to be responsible youth in the society.' Mr. Martin D'souza, the Director of Light Infotainment, shared his views on 'Degrading Values in society and parental concerns.' The final speaker Ms. Angel Abraham spoke on 'Treasuring Values caught in my school Days.'

During the discussion time lot of educators asked questions, clarified their doubts, gave suggestions, shared their experiences and also brought out many important aspects concerning value education.

The speakers were awarded trophies of appreciation at the conclusion. Twenty-six schools participated and won in the AVEC competitions for the academic year 2013-14 and were awarded trophies and certificates for the same. The winning schools in the AVEC competitions for the present academic year were also awarded certificates.

The seminar came to an end with the AVEC team being felicitated for their work. Bishop Agnelo Gracias, the Auxillary Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Mumbai, also spoke to the participants encouraging them about the importance of vlaue education in today's society.
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