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Character, Values Education in schools by choice

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FOR IMMEDIATE USE

19th August 2005

Character and Values Education in schools by choice.

Since February 2003, the CEPNZ (Character Education Programme of New Zealand) has been providing resources and guidelines to schools for the development of Character and Values Education. We believe that Character Education is the only answer to help our children develop pro-social attitudes and values that are consistent with universally accepted principles we commonly call virtues (honesty, responsibility, integrity, respect, empathy, etc).

There are now 134 educational establishments from Early Childhood Education Centres to high schools throughout NZ using the Character Education and values resources of the CEPNZ and another 436 schools using CEPNZ truancy and ICT resources. The introduction of these resources has been by the choice of the school and its community, proving the demand from parents and educators alike for values or virtues based education. Any attempt by a politically biased department to create anything other than the promotion of these universal principles will only lead to confusion and final rejection by schools and their communities.

Let's hope that the Ministry, whichever parties make our next government, does not spoil the work and progress already made by so many schools and organisations such as ours through a forced politically correct agenda. For further information, please see our website: www.cepnz.co.nz.

ENDS

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