Educating children is a continual challenge for parents, teachers and society in general, because this process entails instilling values in our children, pupils and young people so that they become good citizens.
The term “value” refers to the qualities possessed by certain objects or specific actions, which are considered as preferable or more suited to our moral principles. These values are reflected in behavioural rules and attitudes, according to which our behaviour takes one direction or another, consistent with what we believe to be correct and shaping the way we are and the way we feel.
Today, more than ever, teaching values values is of the utmost importance, in a society which suffers not only an economic crisis, but where it is important to live in the present, with a very uncertain future. Values such as solidarity, tolerance and respect towards others are essential for the positive integration of children and young people in the community. Commitment, drive for self-improvement and jobs well done are principles which help our pupils to undertake their studies along with the values of dialogue, listening and communication in the family environment. These are just some examples which demonstrate that values are and will continue to be the foundation of individuals and institutions.
We are all committed to being true educators in the art of promoting, transmitting and experiencing these important and essential qualities which are required by your children, our pupils and by citizens in general. Teaching values today implies teaching young people to consciously meet the challenges of globalisation and to be able to commit to building a fairer, more inclusive, more honest and intercultural world.