DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL - BORIVILI: TEACHERS' VALUE ORIENTATION PROGRAM
July 30, 2013
Don Bosco High School - Borivili, had the privilege of having the AVEC Team to conduct a Teachers' Value Education Orientation program for seventy two of its teachers on July 29, 2013. The school principal Fr. George Carlos welcomed the speakers and invited the teachers to look at the importance of Value Education in a school environment. Floral tributes were given to Mr. Fernandes and fr. Glenford. Fr. William Falcao, manager of the Institution, once again stressed the importance of Value education. All other subjects can only add value once we have Value Education in place.
Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes, coordinator of AVEC programs, started by invoking the blessings of the Almighty through an interfaith prayer song 'Sarveshaam, swastir bhavatu'.The teachers were also asked to focus on a spiritual moment of meditation that enabled them to slow down, relax and connect with their past experiences of light and shadow. After the meditation, Mr. Fernandes briefed the teachers on the various activities of AVEC during the course of the year and appealed to them to get more involved with AVEC. Fr. Glenford Lowe was then introduced to them.
'Management By Values' (MBV) is the need of the hour. It transcends the former styles of Management By Instruction' (MBI) or 'Management By Objectives' (MBO). Fr. Glenford focused on the importance of embracing a new 'perspective change' right from the start. "Yesterday's solutions may not be an answer to the situation of the young people today. Management by values and having the courage to make the necessary value shifts, are the solution for today," he said. The whole program was interactive, spiced with a lot of humour and deep reflective insights too.
The whole program focused on the 'World of the Young' today and how their attitudes to life can only be altered if they begin to appreciate Values and make the necessary shift too. In understanding the world of the young, the teachers then focused on their own world of 'Words', their 'lifestyles' and their 'alignment of personal and institutional values'. With the help of a PowerPoint presentation and a creative set of handouts, teachers were able to plot themselves on the 'Brian Hall- Benjamin Tonna Value Map'. It took a lot of introspection to realize one's 'Value consciousness' and perception of one's worldview and how it influences one's lifestyle.
Four hours of valued time spent on self and understanding of how to transcend life by making the necessary value Shifts. In the end, Mrs. rose proposed the vote of thanks on behalf of the management. A few teachers came forward to write their comments on the AVEC logbook:
"Thank God for people who not only preach but stand for their values" - Mrs. Rose
"Very inspirational and more talks and sessions should be held here" -
"It was excellent and very good" -
"A very inspiring and educative seminar. thanks Fr. Glenford. All the best and God bless" - S. Misquitta
"Excellent session conducted by you. You kept we going with your humorous yet knowledgeable insights. It was very inspiring. Thank you and God bless" - Roopali