August 21, 2010: Teachers' Orientation Program
The AVEC team consisting of Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes and Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb, today organized a Teachers' Orientation Program for the Secondary and Primary sections of the St. Anthony's School, Malvani. In two separate sessions of three hours each, over sixty teachers experienced a new way of looking at themselves, their school and their students.
Fr. James, the Principal of the school welcomed the participants and the guest speakers and thanked them for their service in promoting Value Education in the Archdiocese. Mr. Rochwyn Fernandes then began his session with a short exercise in self awareness through a breathing process. He then elaborated the works undertaken by AVEC to fulfill the responsibilities entrusted to it by the Archdiocese. "Every program organised by AVEC within the Archdiocese must be seen in the broader perspective and not just as some isolated events tthat fill up the scholastic calendar," he said.
Fr. Glenford Lowe sdb, invited every teacher to value themselves, their calling as educators and also to value the students they educate. Through a number of exercises that triggered personal reflection amidst fun and laughter, he brought the teachers to live a life driven by rhythm rather than routine. Value Education is more than just another subject, it ought to be the very bloodline of every educational activity.
Floral bouquets were presented to the two speakers. By the end of the Teachers' orientation Program one could feel a sense of excitement and freshness within. "This is one of the best programs I have attended', commented a teacher. "I know I will be a different teacher now," said another.
The AVEC team is grateful to the Management of the St. Anthony's School for their eagerness to join hands with the AVEC to be along the Valued Path together. We are also grateful to the Priests of the Parish community for the very warm reception and invitation to join them at lunch together. We look forward to collaborating with you in the future.