18th August 2010
AVEC conducted it fifth Value Coordinators' Meeting for the North Bombay Deanery at Don Bosco Youth Services on August 18, 2010. Twenty four teachers participated in the event. However, five schools failed to turn up in spite of the constant reminders and letters of invitation. A beautiful prayer song set the mood right from the start.
Fr. Boniface D Souza, Director of the Don Bosco Youth Services DBYS, welcomed the gathering and invited the participants to look at Value education as an opportunity to instill into the school once again the deep Christian Values that give a real identity to our Catholic schools. As a sign of appreciation, he was then presented with a set of Value Education posters by Ms. Michelle D Souza.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes, using his first PowerPoint presentation, gave a brief of the responsibilities entrusted to AVEC by the Archdiocese and how the Center is trying to fulfill the tasks entrusted to them through the various activities of Training, Formation and Animation.
Mrs. Sany Joseph, once again in her very eloquent style, presented the meaning and purpose of having Value Education in our educational set ups. "When our Values are deep and personalized, it is not difficult to make the right choices in life," she concluded.
Using a very creative approach, Fr. Glenford Lowe then addressed the gathering of Value Coordinators on the Value of placing 'importance on Self'. "When you become important to you , then everything else will find its due importance. If you don't value yourself, it is not possible to put Value on anything else," he challenged them.
In spite of the very heavy rains, the participants we eager to go back renewed and to spread the message of the AVEC team. All through the sessions, the participants were eager to know more and sought ways in which to be part of the larger picture in giving Value Education its rightful place in all our educative set ups.