Maldives 2017: An LVE-Inspired Preschool and Preventative Programs with Teens on the Atolls
“As years pass by I have come to realize the value of Living Values Education more and more,” wrote Aminath Ismail, the President of Hand in Hand, the NGO which is the ALIVE Associate for the Maldives. “We need to continue this effort.”
In 2013, Aminath and her team created The Living Values Education Preschool. She noted that it is a challenge sometimes, but is starting to flourish. An inclusive school, a number of children with special needs attend, including some children with speech delays and others who are visually impaired or autistic. In addition to LVE, they follow the national curriculum, emphasize a values-based atmosphere, and conduct parent education programs. The Facebook page for the school: https://web.facebook.com/Lvep.school.maldives/
Hand in Hand has expanded its LVE programs to the atolls. Their preventative programs with young adults and parents are well coordinated with the Maldives Police Service and other agencies concerned with prevention. Aminath noted, “The work is not easy, however the LVE Program keeps us motivated. It is always worth it. Sometimes there are awards, too. I am happy to let you know that we won three shields for Community Contributions from the Police Service during their anniversary celebration for delivering LVE programs.”
The Facebook page: https://web.facebook.com/Hand-in-Hand-NGO-Maldives-959005027512348/
Maldives: LVE Outreach with Students, Teachers, Parents and Policemen
“We recently covered four island communities of one of the largest atolls in Maldives,” reported Aminath Ismail, the Director of the ALIVE Associate in the Maldives, HandinHand. “I was fortunate enough to go by myself and deliver most of the sessions to parents and students plus teachers. We were able to do LVE orientation sessions and six core values for students between 8 and 15 years of age in separate groups, their teachers and parents. I would say they all fell in love with the program. Some of these sessions were also conducted by the educators trained by our NGO. The policemen involved are from the Crime Prevention Unit of Maldives. It was lovely to see how much they have accepted LVE as part of their outreach program.”
Maldives: Two LVE Model Schools Help Children with Disabilities and Create ALIVE Medicals
Hand in Hand, the ALIVE Associate in the Maldives, led by Aminath Ismail and Rizna Ibrahim, continue to powerfully implement LVE in a variety of ways. They have two established two LVE-based preschools, Living Values Education Preschool and Glow Preschool. Both schools use have a values-based atmosphere, use Living Values Activities for children 3 to 7 and conduct Living Values Based Parenting Programs.
Aminath recently wrote: “Through these few years it is found that children with disabilities such as autism, hyperactivity, speech delays and Down syndrome is becoming more. The challenge is that often times there are difficulties to accommodate these children in government and private schools. Therefore, during the last two years we have been strategically planning and working to build the capacity in our two LVE based schools. We started accepting these children too after sensitizing their parents. We have now established two SEN special needs classes for severely challenged children. These classes from last year are equipped with special educators and therapists. However, we recognized that the special needs children also needed group therapy and medical care. We now have doctors and therapists working with these children and other children in our LVE based schools. Therefore, in June 2014 we registered an attached medical model, medical and psychosocial clinic registered in the Ministry of Health. It is called ALIVE MEDICALA in honour of our work.”
Hand in Hand is also very involved in a Safe Island Model project which they do in cooperation with Maldives Police Services, using LVE universal values and interventions to reduce violence. We will update you on the stages of implementation and our findings soon.
Aminath wrote, “I salute you all for being together and helping me out all throughout. Change is possible and with the values of tolerance and responsibility, and practicing other values, there is success.”
An LVE-Inspired Preschool and Preventative Programs with Teens on the Atolls
The ALIVE Associate in the Maldives began another new initiative, a preschool for children ages 2-6 years called, "Living Values Education Preschool, Maldives”. The school was registered in the Ministry of Education of Maldives on February 2013. We have a total of 112 students in the school covering the national curriculum with three formal languages (English, Dhivehi and Arabic). The school classroom settings are with 15 students and two teachers.
Currently, we get a lot of students with different disabilities for whom we are able to provide additional educators such as counselors and special educators. We also conduct monthly programs for parents where we give the home package for parents on LVE. These packages help the parents while in parallel the students also take up the same value through LVE activities in school. The school conducts extra activities which most students enjoy for confidence building. As a result, we are thinking of replicating this initiative at the end of the year.
For more information, please visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Lvep.school.maldives
Living Values Reaches Soccer Players through the Soccer Diplomacy Project
LVE trainers from Hand in Hand, an NGO in the Maldives, and an ALIVE Associate, have been traveling to different islands in the Maldives as part of conducting LVE programs. This has been possible under the auspices of the Soccer Diplomacy Project and with funding from the US Embassy at Hanimaadhoo. The objective of this program was to establish good conduct and decrease violence among young people. Partners of this project were the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Maldives Police Services and Hand in Hand. Living Values Activities for young adults and parents will continue.
With an enthusiastic and dedicated team of LVE trainers, Hand in Hand is also worked on another LVE program with funding from UNDOC. The project involved training all counselors at the Drug Rehabilitation Centre and Community Service Centre in Malè. Risa Ibrahim Manik reports, "These counselors are going to start two programs for 40 clients and, in addition, we will be providing a parenting program for parents of these clients. We are also starting a program for adolescents at an all-girls school this month, followed by a big workshop for all stakeholders."
In addition to the above initiatives mentioned, this ALIVE Associate continues to operate LVE classes at their centre for children. Congratulations!
Living Values Holiday Camp
This year’s twelve-day holiday camp introduced twelve values through a variety of activities and games. On the first day, the children were introduced to peace and their normal behavior was discussed. To understand various ways peace can be observed and practiced, ‘musical chairs’ was played. The Peace Star story was read and each child was given the opportunity to become their favorite peace star. Most of them opted to become happy, joyful, smiling stars. The day ended with children being introduced to relaxation.
Each day, the children were taken through a journey of self-exploration; understanding their own good qualities and what it means to respect others. In one activity, each child was given four papers to write good qualities about their classmates and invited to paste them on the others. Each child was given the task of listing everyone’s responsibility at home. They also identified their own responsibilities at home and learned to value what others are doing.
With the values of cooperation and unity, group work and working together as a team were introduced. As a cooperative event, the children visited a ‘local market’ to gather information on local products. Through tolerance, we looked at different cultures and how to accept differences among us.
The children visited a National Museum to understand our own culture, learn about our historical heroes and how the country has gained independence. Through the values of humility and honesty, the children explored telling the truth. They dramatized incidents where they had lied and determined how they would act in the future.
The Camp ended with the children exploring their understanding of freedom. They expressed their views on paper, making an outline of themselves on which all the children wrote good qualities about one another.