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Teaching Of Values Integral Part Of Education

  The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, touched on a very important issue when he spoke to Kia Islanders on education. He said education was not just about
29 Dec 2016 16:32
Teaching Of Values Integral Part Of Education
Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou.

 

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, touched on a very important issue when he spoke to Kia Islanders on education.

He said education was not just about classrooms but instilling values in children so they could become productive members of society.

He was chief guest at the Kia Island Scholarship day.

The islanders met at Yaro village on Kia Island, Macuata, to raise funds for a scholarship programme for tertiary students from there.

He applauded the initiative which he hoped would make a difference in the future of Kia.

At the same time, he stressed the importance of teaching our young people values that would make education wholesome.

Good, strong values, provide students the reinforcement they need both morally and emotionally to withstand trials and peer pressure.

It comes down to individual choice. When young people are empowered to make the right choices in their lives, they grow intellectually and become an influence for good in their community.

They should be able to confidently stand their ground and say no to temptations that usually lead to trouble, heartache and misery.

Several years ago a young graduate made the choice of his life – to go with his parents home where his family and relatives were waiting for him to celebrate his graduation or go with his friends.

The peer pressure got the better of him and decided to go with his graduate friends, telling his parents he would join them at home.

He never made it. He died in a car crash. All his other friends in the car survived.

Our choices determine our destiny. The good and right choices are made by people who possess wisdom.

Wisdom comes with maturity and the ability to discern what is right from wrong, good from bad.

The teaching of values is more effective when it is started at an early age at home.

This is a parental responsibility not the school’s or teacher’s duty.

Sometimes we tend to shift the teaching of values to the classroom. The home classroom is the ideal place.

For Kia Islanders, the advice from Mr Tuitubou will complement the purpose of scholarship fundraiser to raise the level of education for the villagers.

The idea for a scholarship fund is a great initiative. It will inspire talented young people to pursue their dreams and achieve their goals in life.

Too often we see young people drift back into the villages, because they could not go any further due to  lack of funds.

If they take heed of Mr Tuitubou’s advice, it will help them achieve the aim of the project – to help the young people get educated, qualified, find work and help the island develop and grow.

 

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