Archbishop of Goa and Daman and President of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) Cardinal-Designate Filipe Neri Ferrão has said the aim of the National Curriculum for Value Education (NCVE) is to inculcate in students the values which will help them become responsible citizens and wholesome individuals, committed to the building of a better society.
He was presiding over the launching ceremony of the NCVE at the National Synod of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), held at Paalanaa Bhavana, Bangalore, on Thursday.
“The curriculum is inclusive of personal, moral, spiritual, emotional, behavioural, social, cultural, aesthetic and patriotic values. It lays special emphasis on constitutional values, fundamental rights, other human rights, child rights, besides treating some relevant issues of adolescents and life skills,” he added.
While launching the NCVE, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay and one of the topmost Consultors of Pope Francis, appealed to all to encourage and implement value education in all Catholic educational institutions for the betterment of India and of our people.
“I earnestly urge all the dioceses, religious congregations, educational institutions and all persons engaged in the service of education to implement the National Curriculum of Value Education so as to help form our future citizens and promote genuine personal development and excellence,” said Cardinal Gracias.
Archbishop of Hyderabad Cardinal-Designate Anthony Poola, CCBI Vice President and Archbishop of Madras-Mylapore George Antonysamy, Archbishop of Bangalore Peter Machado, and CCBI Deputy Secretary General Dr Stephen Alathara were present during the release ceremony.
The CCBI series of value education books include purposeful and action-oriented teachings on each value. To aid the educator, each value is presented in a lesson plan format. The sessions have been carefully curated considering the current national and international socio-political context. Each book comes with guidelines for the educators on how to use this series meaningfully.
The National Curriculum for Value Education is published by the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India. For copies, kindly contact the CCBI General Secretariat or call Mobile: +91-9886730224.