Nov 01, 2012
Taking leads from the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, M M Pallam Raju’s wish to inculcate moral education in the curriculum, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) launched an innovative Values Education kit in New Delhi.
The Value Education Kit consists of a Values Education Teachers Handbook and a CD with 8 songs. The kit also has values cards for students from nursery to standard 12.
Launching the Value Education Kit Union Minister said, “Moral education is essential for all children today. I’m pleased that CBSE understands the importance of it and has brought together such a fantastic kit for teachers to be able to guide their students.”
The Values Education curriculum will help in providing a number of exciting learning experiences through the Values Education Kit, Values card and songs on the themes of solidarity, unity, peace, and conservation of nature. The Values Education Teachers’ Handbook is a valuable resource for teachers to easily draw ideas to conducting lively and interactive sessions in their classes. The activities, designed by experts in the field of education, allow for more critical thinking about economic, social and moral issues as well as about universal human values.
The Union Minister was accompanied by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Shashi Tharoor. He highlighted that, “Education is more than producing well-filled minds, it is also about well- formed minds. Thus, in order to cope up with challenges because of the lack of ethical education, CBSE has brought about reforms in its curriculum. This step is highly appreciated and I hope that more such endeavours will be taken up by CBSE in future.”
CBSE’s Values Education is a medium for students to practise values through their acts of good citizenship, in the environs of their school. Another benefit is that, students have the opportunity to interact, express and think critically based on classroom situation, which allow them to share personal experiences, apply their knowledge and understanding collaboratively.
Reiterating the importance of value education, R Bhattacharya, Secretary, School Education and Literacy said, “It is necessary to inculcate value education in the curriculum. Such inclusions will make sure that the future generations are glued to the culture we are so proud of”.
Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE said, “The Values Education Curriculum takes into account the fact that traditional methods of expecting students to unquestioningly accept values from authority will simply not work anymore. The materials offered are highly interactive, addressing current issues with opportunities for critical thinking.”
Also present at the occasion were the Central Vigilance Commissioner, Shri Pradeep Kumar, Former Chairman- CBSE, Father Kunnankal, and Director – Academics and Training, CBSE Dr. Sadhana Parashar.
The Board has committed itself towards value education. It has made the process more inclusive by making Values Education an essential part of curricular and co-curricular activities.