Students worked on team building games
Our students are open to making positive changes in their lives, and we want to open a space for them to reflect on their values and their treatment of others. Last week, we held a workshop about honesty, equality, gratitude, respect, and social and environmental responsibility.
We talked about how the best way to practice respect is by not discriminating against others for how they look or their physical condition, nor for the way they think, because we should all have the right to express our ideas.
Many students also mentioned the importance of respecting grandparents, parents, siblings, teachers, fellow students, and elders. For example, Pedro mentioned, “We should respect our parents because they worry about us. In fact, we should respect everything that surrounds us, like the environment.” Oliver also emphasized the importance of staying eco-friendly, “To respect and protect our environment, we need to throw out our garbage responsibly and take good care of our water.”
Beyond environmental responsibility, students had a lot to say about how to be responsible as young people in order to grow and be a better person. Manuel mentioned, “One of my most important responsibilities is finishing my homework and helping my parents and siblings.”
Students also spoke about how to support equality in the home, at school, and wherever they meet up with their friends and peers. In terms of interpersonal life, we discussed how honesty is so important for establishing trust and healthy relationships. We played a game where each student had to pass through a loop of thread, no matter their size, to reflect the importance of equality and working as a team.
Afterwards, each student wrote about the values you they were developing and how to apply them in daily life. Yulissa wrote about valuing positive acts and human rights, noting, “It’s important that everyone has the right to food. We should all have the right to have an education and achieve what is important to each of us.” We are hopeful that our students recognize education as a root of positive growth and look forward to having more discussions about the significance of personal values in and outside the classroom.
Lidia, our youngest student, had a great time
Chonita lead a discussion on respect and honesty
Teamwork across ages helped us reflect on equality
We spoke a lot about taking care of our planet