LVE Inspires Teachers at Sarasas Affiliated Schools
Inspiring teachers to see how valuable their life is was the focus of an event on 18 April 2019 at one of the Catholic Sarasas Affiliated Schools. An important message conveyed was that each and every one of us is or can be a source of love, truth, peace and contentment in the world around us, whether in the classroom or at home. As Associate Professor Prapa Vittayarungruangsri, Focal Point for LVE in Thailand, said in her report to us: “It’s time to learn how to love and respect what is sometimes referred to as one’s “inner child” – the pure, innocent, and unconditionally loving aspect within our being that is often ignored. To do this we now need to create a certain deep inner quietness for the process of listening and healing to begin. The story of an eagle who was born among chickens, “a story about being who you are”, was narrated to motivate teachers to think of their positive qualities. When we see and communicate with these inner qualities, we can reach our potential and avoid the mistakes we sometimes make. Life becomes like a golden rose that spreads the fragrance of values such as positivity, responsibility, respect, love, simplicity and peace).” LVE cards were distributed as a tangible reminder of the qualities of each participant. In closing, Ms. Sansook, Head of Academic Administration, said that the event really invoked the spirit of motherly love and care in the teachers which would be passed on to the pupils through values-based relationships.
Associate Professor Prapa Vittayarungruangsri, Focal Point for LVE in Thailand, introduces LVE to the teachers
Mr. Supalak and participants
Ms. Sansook, Head of Academic Administration (front row, far right) and school administrative team, with Associate Professor Prapa Vittayarungruangsri, Focal Point for LVE in Thailand (front row, far left)
'Generosity' value card
LVE resource materials include many values-based songs that can be helpful in creating and maintaining a values-based learning environment and foreign kindergarten level teachers in the English language programme at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School in Nonthaburi were introduced to some of these on 8 May 2019. The participants enjoyed themselves singing and acting along as well as experiencing peace within themselves.
Introducing LVE songs to teachers at Sarasas Witaed Ratchaphruek School (above and below)
“Happy Children, Happy School, Happy Home” in Chiangmai
In Chiangmai, in the north of Thailand, a project called “Happy Children, Happy School, Happy Home” was launched in June 2019 in Rajprajanukror schools in the patronage of the late King Rama 9 in north and north-eastern Thailand. The project involves primary and secondary school students, their teachers and parents and the team includes Pinthip Yangchareon, Pintip Juntharathep, Punika Chinawatra and Teeraporn Chinawatra.
Drawings (above and below) of the “School of My Dreams” created at Ratprajanukror School 50, in Khon Khaen province, north-eastern Thailand, with a list of 15 values to live by, including cleanliness, confidence, stability, kindness, cheerfulness, peace, dedication, perseverance, light-heartedness, humility, tolerance, generosity and discipline.
LVE is introduced in University course on Muslim Education and Humanity
Pattani is one of the provinces in the south of Thailand that has been affected by terrorism and in its efforts to dispel fear and insecurity the Department of Education, Muslim Education and Humanity, Prince of Songkla University, Pattani campus is using LVE in the 2019 academic year as reference materials for discussion with students to help build an atmosphere of peace and stability.
Prince of Songkla University students discuss and explain their understanding of values, giving practical samples of how to use them in real life situations (above) and receive course certificates (below).