Values Formation Classes at Marymount Centre
Values Formation Classes at Marymount Centre is something which the youth look forward to every Thursday. The joy they receive in seeing innocent, happy and beaming faces of the young girls is incomparable to any joy and love one can experience. Marymount Centre reaches out to vulnerable children in Singapore. Currently, there are 24-hour residential homes for girls and crisis shelter for abused women and their children at the Marymount Centre.
Since the inception of classes in March 2019, the youth have conducted values classes and organised camp for girls between five years of age to young adults.
The youth initially started the class by building rapport with the children, by getting to know the girls, their aims, aspirations, likes, dislikes and so on. Their aim was to bring out the inherent human values like love and peace which are already imbedded in them.
Along the way, the youth covered a wide range of topics for the girls through these classes which included: knowing and recognising who they truly are, recognising their true potential, confidence building, accepting and learning from failures, not giving up in life, mindfulness, being helpful, kind and compassionate towards everyone, forgiveness, being grateful and having courage to face any challenge in life. These values are imparted by showing videos, having fun activities, games and storytelling. To motivate the girls the youth had friends from different professional backgrounds, like a soccer player, a nurse, a lawyer and a photographer come and share with the girls as to how they overcame their challenges to pursue their dreams.
Through this journey, it has been very heart-warming when the youth get immense love, hugs and appreciation from the children at the end of each session. This affection makes them realise that unconditional love, a listening ear and respect are needed to make a difference in the lives of these young children. Mahatma Gandhi says, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” The youth try to bring awareness among the children, to practice these values in their daily lives for a meaningful life, with grateful thinking and grateful living and ultimately preparing them for life's challenges.