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Character Education

World Day for Cultural Diversity Celebrated in Harare

Harare, Zimbabwe - During the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development celebration, on May 21, UPF was given the opportunity to give a presentation about character education. Most of those present were students and teachers from 21 high schools.

The day was characterized by different presentations of cultural activities, dance, poetry, and songs. For example the Zimbabwean culture was presented through dancing in various ways. There was also Indian culture, which was presented by a beautiful dancing.

The opening speech was given by the Headmaster, and the message of the United Nations Secretary-General was read by a representative of the UN in Zimbabwe. The keynote address was read by the Guest of Honor from the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture.

Most of the audience were expecting to hear about the UPF's character education curriculum, introduced by Rev. Bosako Iyolangomo. The venue was very big and well lit, so it was not suitable for a PowerPoint presentation; he explained the importance and value of character education to the teachers and students who attended the event.

The response from the teachers and students was overwhelming, and the representative of the teachers said that they wanted to adopt character education in their schools. After having a short meaning they requested a workshop and orientation for the teachers alone, and at least 48 teachers and headmasters will participate early July this year.

Note: UNESCO sponsors the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, observed May 21 each year. The day provides an opportunity to deepen people's understanding of the values of cultural diversity so people can live together in greater harmony and well-being. UNESCO promotes awareness of the crucial relationship between culture and development and the important role of information and communication technologies in this relationship.

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