The AVEC Team consisting of Fr. Glenford, Mr. Rochwyn and Ms. Michelle D'Souza organized their sixth Value Education Coordinators' Seminar at St. John the Baptist High School, Thane. Twenty six teachers from thirteen schools from within the Thane Deanery participated in the event.
In spite of being a very rainy day we had a cent per cent representation from all the schools affiliated to the ABE. Mrs. Ida D'Silva, Value Education coordinator of St. John the Baptist did a real good job in ensuring that the school auditorium was well prepared. The meeting began with a Prayer Song in keeping with the theme for this year 'Care for Creation'.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes then briefly presented a short report on how AVEC fulfills the responsibilities entrusted to it by way of animation, formation and creation of resources. "Over the past year AVEC has progressed in leaps and bounds", he said. He then introduced Mrs. Sany Joseph to present her session on the importance of Value Education.
Using the latest transitions in a well prepared Power Point, Sany Joseph struck the right chord from the start. Through various stories, personal experiences and getting the participants involved through an interactive way, she was able to instill the real purpose of stressing the importance of Value Education in Schools. The ASIA BOOK HOUSE through their best selling Value Education series, will surely make a marked difference in the whole educative journey.
Sumptuous snacks were then served by the school canteen. The 'Chinese Somosa' was no doubt the best of all. Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb, then invited the participants to never forget that the 'Value' we give our selves is directly proportional to the value we will give to others too. As usual, in his creative and eloquent style, the participants were spell bound all through an hour long session. He gave them a lot of tips to move from the 'Valueless' lives we live to adding more Value in ourselves first, and then in others too.
Certificates of Appreciation were then distributed to all the participants. As a sign of appreciation, on behalf of the Principal, Fr. Nicholas Pereira, a set of Value Education Posters was presented to Mrs. Ida D'Silva. It was really a Valued day for all of us