Character counts

2017-11-29 06:00
Caring for each other is Yadaath Singh and Dantrei van Scalkwyk of Athlone Park Primary School.PHOTO:supplied

Caring for each other is Yadaath Singh and Dantrei van Scalkwyk of Athlone Park Primary School.PHOTO:supplied

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EARLIER this year at a principals’ meeting it was decided that all the pre-primary, primary and high schools in Amanzimtoti should participate in a “character transformation” programme, which has been successfully applied at Athlone Park Primary school in the past.

The programme comprises of six pillars - respect, caring, responsibility, fairness, good citizenship and trustworthiness.

Schools will be focusing on one core value every term until the end of 2018, and the children who have participated in the various activities that we have planned and those who have displayed exemplary behaviour will be acknowledged in different ways such as special certificates, civvies days and so on.

Athlone Park Primary principal, John Voster said the teachers are fully committed to this programme; and with the support of parents, they believe the programme can achieve the following:

•the school climate will improve;

•more time for teaching and less time needed for conflict management;

•more positive peer pressure, less negative peer pressure;

•better academic results;

•decline in aggressive and anti-social behaviour;

•decline in bullying;

•decline in absenteeism and excuses;

•happier children, who will grow into happy, fulfilled adults; and

•children can develop to their full potential.

“When a school lives by values, there are huge positive results. A climate of consideration, co-operation and acceptance of others helps to reduce bullying. Where there’s self-respect, there’s a rejection of binge drinking, drugging and teenage pregnancies. Where diligence, focus and perseverance are personal character traits, the end results are excellent achievements both in and outside the classroom. If friendliness, kindness and helpfulness are the way in which everyone interacts; the school will, indeed, be a happier place,” principal Voster said.

He quoted Martin Luther King: “Intelligence is not enough. Intelligence, plus character, that is the goal of true education.” He said a sad reality is that we live in a morally decaying society and many children aren’t taught acceptable values in the home.

Values Education has therefore become an extra task for schools, in general, and for teachers, in particular. - Supplied.

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