Friday, October 11, 2013

The Virtues Project

A friend and fellow Bots 10 PCV is assisting a small local agency with their goal to bring about a more compassionate nation, in accordance with Vision 2016. One of their efforts in doing this is through bringing The Virtues Project to Botswana.

The Virtues Project is a global grassroots initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life. Its aim is to empower individuals "to live more authentic meaningful lives; families to raise children of compassion and integrity; educators to create safe, caring, and high performing learning communities; and leaders to encourage excellence and ethics in the workplace." This model is tried and tested in more than 95 countries and was honored by the United Nations during the International Year of the Family as a "model global program for families of all cultures."

I am proud to say that I am helping put on the very first Virtues Project workshop in Botswana, to be held next month. My role is assisting with logistics and recruiting interested and motivated parties to attend. So far we have registered forty people from the education and youth development fields. I will also be in attendance at the workshop, as will a representative from the organization I am working for, Project Concern International (PCI). My hope is that, along with the workshop participants, PCI can disseminate the information to our 11 implementing partners across the country and help spread this vision even further.

It is our mutual desire that the tools presented will help teachers and others nurture the children of Botswana in the skills and qualities they need to be successful in school and in life. This is a very meaningful project and one that I am grateful to be involved with.

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