VIRTUES IN ACTION Pilot project

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The idea for the "Virtues in Action" project was born as an antidote to the prevailing
mores in today's society based primarily on material values and lack of virtues in our
relationships, especially those of the younger generation. The word virtue is so rarely
used that probably the majority of students do not know its meaning . By distributing
FREE the folder "Virtues in Action" and introducing the Virtues Project to as as many
schools and kindergartens as possible we will be able to assist in the moral and
spiritual development of children on a global level.

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VIRTUES IN ACTION Pilot project

  1. 1. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” a goodwill project inspired by the Virtues Project ™ www.virtuesinaction.comMotivational intro about the project on youtube.com PILOT PROJECT PROPOSAL FOR THE CITY OF SOFIA
  2. 2. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” inspired by the Virtues Project ™ Idea The idea for the "Virtues in Action" project was born as an antidote to the prevailing mores in todays society based primarily on material values and the lack of virtues in our relations, especially among the younger generation. The word virtue is so rarely used that probably the majority of students do not know its meaning. According to the Webster’s dictionary a virtue is a commendable quality or trait. Virtues like caring, honesty, loyalty, generosity, kindness are traits that are practiced less and less in our everyday relations. By distributing FREE the folder "Virtues in Action" and introducing the Virtues Project™ to as many schools as possible we will be able to assist in the moral and spiritual development of children in our local communities and throughout the world since our goal is to work globally with willing partners. The “Virtues in Action” photo competition and exhibition aim to make the virtues popular among the younger generation and to encourage daily virtuous behavior.
  3. 3. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” inspired by the Virtues Project ™1st Element – Printed materialsa) “Virtues in Action” folder consisting of 24 posters A3 format based onthe text from the Virtues Cards (part of the materials of the VirtuesProject™)b) “Virtues in Action” wall posters 50x70cmThe goal is the folder and the wall posters to be distributed FREE tokindergartens, schools, libraries, community centers, etc. Parents couldalso order the folder online from the web site free of charge.2nd Element - Photo Contest & Photo ExhibitionThe idea for the photo competition is children with the help of parents andteachers to capture with a camera moments showing a virtue in action or anelement of it. A photo exhibition will be organized with the winning photosthat will be displayed in public places such as parks, squares, libraries,schools and others. This will remind the young generation and the generalpublic about the virtues. Once the virtues become an object of attention, thetopic of practicing virtues in our daily relations will become popular over timeand that would lead to positive changes of the status quo.
  4. 4. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” inspired by the Virtues Project ™Here are the selected 24 virtues for this project. (The complete list of the 52 virtues presented by the Virtues Project ™ could be seen here http://www.virtuesproject.com/virtuesdef.html 1.Caring 13.Humility 2.Compassion 14.Love 3.Confidence 15.Loyalty 4.Consideration 16.Patience 5.Courage 17.Respect 6.Courtesy 18.Responsibility 7.Creativity 19.Self-discipline 8.Determination 20.Service 9.Forgiveness 21.Tolerance 10.Generosity 22.Trust 11.Gratitude 23.Kindness 12.Honesty 24.UnityEach one of the Virtues in Action posters contains:A quotation by a famous person regarding this specific virtueA description of the virtueSigns of success (when practicing it)An affirmationA photo depicting a scene or element of the mentioned virtue Larger images of the posters could be seen here http://www.virtuesinaction.com/#!gallery/stackeraccordion0=3
  5. 5. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” inspired by the Virtues Project ™ Purpose The “Virtues in Action” folder with the 24 posters inside is to serve as an introduction to Linda K. Popovs book “Family Virtues Guide: Simple Ways to Bring Out the Best in Our Children and Ourselves”. The book shows how to: learn the language of integrity and self-esteem understand the five roles parents play discover ways to introduce sacred time into family life help children to make moral choices. More about the book in English click hereFor more information about the Virtues Project and character educationHere http://virtuestraining.com,http://ondemand.neaacademy.orgTeachers can use ready lesson plans fromThe Educator’s Guide of the Virtues Projectmore about the guide here More about the Bulgarian translation of the book click here
  6. 6. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” inspired by the Virtues Project™ Printed Materials
  7. 7. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” inspired by the Virtues Project ™ Annual “Virtues In Action” Photo Contest and Exhibition practicing respect practicing courtesy practicing generosity Example public places for display of the “Virtues in Action” annual exhibition practicing the virtue of trust
  8. 8. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” inspired by the Virtues Project ™ Pilot Project on the Territory of the city of Sofia At the beginning, we’d like to use the “step by step” approach, so we decided to distribute FREE of charge 1000 folders A3 format to 3 kindergartens, 3 primary schools and 3 high schools together with sets of 24 wall posters 300 folders for 3 kindergartens 300 folders for 3 primary schools 300 folders for 3 high schools or 100 folders for each one. or 100 folders for each one. or 100 folders for each one.For the period of 3 weeks, we’ll visit 3 kindergartens, 3 primary schools and 3 high schools. We’ll present themthe Virtues in Action folders as well as a set of the wall posters. During the visit we’ll introduce the Virtues inAction project and will schedule dates for teachers training seminars. The seminars are led by educators who areteaching themselves virtues in several schools in Sofia. In this way the teachers in the prospective schools canhave an understanding on how to teach virtues in their classes. On the project’s web site there will be alsoavailable various teaching tools and lesson plans regarding each virtue.
  9. 9. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” inspired by the Virtues Project ™ Timeline for implementing the pilot project “Virtues in Action”- 24 weeks/6 monthsGoal of the project – Each week for the period of 24 weeks (6months) introduce and teach students one of the 24 virtues comprising theproject “Virtues in Action”. At the end of each week after the virtue has been already studied and practiced, we’ll contact the schoolsand fill out a report with feedback from both students and teachers. All written assignments and projects associated with the virtue willbe recorded in a digital record and uploaded to our web site. This is important so, it can serve as an example and demo to other schoolsinterested to apply the Virtues in Action project. At the end of each week students will be asked to create a project in the form of aphoto or photo collage with text depicting the studied virtue. After the completion of the pilot project an exhibition will be organizedwith the awarded students’ works. The prizes will be in 3 categories a) kindergarten b) primary school c) high school. 1st week 2nd week 3rd week 4th week CARING COMPASSION CONFIDENCE CONSIDERATION 5th week 6th week 7th week 8th week COURAGE COURTESY CREATIVITY DETERMINATION 9th week 10th week 11th week 12th week FORGIVENESS GENEROSITY GRATITUDE HONESTY 13th week 14th week 15th week 16th week HUMILITY LOVE LOYALTY PATIENCE 17th week 18th week 19th week 20th week RESPECT RESPONSIBILITY SELF-DISCIPLINE SERVICE 21st week 22nd week 23rd week 24th week TOLERANCE TRUST KINDNESS UNITY
  10. 10. “VIRTUES IN ACTION” inspired by the Virtues Project ™The images below represent part of the current reality of children today and the influences they’reexposed to. It is our responsibility to change the status quo and to make photos like those history. Bullying in schools Smoking cigarettes and other substances Domestic violence Violent video games Racial intolerance Drinking alcohol Misbehavior in the classrooms Arrogant disrespectful behaviorAt the core of all negative demeanors shown above is the lack of virtuous behavior . This can change once virtuesare taught in schools, starting from kindergarten and parents get educated to speak the language of virtues to theirchildren. We’ll end this presentation with a powerful quote by Albert Einstein - “The world is a dangerous place tolive; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who dont do anything about it.”
  11. 11. Author of the presentation:Teodora Atanasova – graphic designer e-mail: paxpublishing@gmail.com

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