www.virtuesforchildren.com - The Adventures of Mali and Keela: A Virtues Book for Children
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Here's something I stumbled upon which made me appreciate the reach of The Virtues Project.
Bibiana and Richard Andabwa are Virtues Facilitators in Kenya.
This 10 minute video talks from the heart about introducing The Virtues Project to Kenya and the positive impact it is having. In the video Mr Andabwa says, "... gave us the idea that Virtues would give us an opportunity for healing and reconciliation... we started training Virtues to our teachers. The experience that we saw in class was that it was transforming..."
I think the comment left on their YouTube page says it all: So much beauty and truth in these 10 minutes. May this spirit of peace and harmony spread throughout Kenya and our needy planet.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Two week's ago was World Humanitarian Day. To acknowledge and celebrate the generosity of humanitarian workers, the above short film was made.
It is a collaborative film shot in over 40 countries in under 9 weeks, on a shoestring budget - with the goal of showing the enormous diversity of places, faces and endeavours of humanitarian aid workers in 2010.
It was filmed by humanitarian staff and freelance filmmakers from around the globe (over 50 contributors in total) with all time donated.
In The Adventures of Mali & Keela the story 'Keela's Surprise' shows generosity in a simple way that kids will relate to.
Monday, August 23, 2010
My daughter has recently discovered a fantastic online space that I'd like to share with you.
My past blogs posts have had one of the virtues from The Adventures of Mali & Keela as their title, so to continue that theme I've chosen purposefulness for this post. Purposefulness is something that describes the sentiment behind MiniMonos. MiniMonos is a virtual world for children: a place of fun, beauty, discovery, generosity, sustainability and friendship.
The creators of this virtual world say they "created MiniMonos so that children could have a place of their own, a place that allows them to explore and grow without constant pressure to buy stuff. We also wanted them to have a place that embodied core values like sustainability and generosity, without turning those values into a boring lecture".
The concept of making core values fun, accessible and engaging for kids was the driver behind The Adventures of Mali & Keela also, so I loved reading the MiniMono team explain that "sustainability isn't "taught" on MiniMonos; it's normalised. Kids quickly realise that if they don't clean the lagoon, the fish don't come back. If they don't do their recycling, their treehouses get messy".
(Lagoon/Glow-worm Cave story; messy treehouse/The Horse Race story... those who have already read The Adventures of Mali & Keela will notice some neat coincidences between the above quote and content of the book!)
I love also the follow-through they have at MiniMonos; every new membership provides clean drinking water for children in India, and when they hit their first 50 Gold members, they'll adopted an orangutan baby for a year.
That's a company with purposefulness. Great to see.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
There is increasing evidence to show that social skills and emotional development in adolescence are affected by the quality of early childhood education and experience.
Better social and emotional skills contribute to higher rates of high school completion and reduce adolescent involvement in risky behaviours.
Countries that place greater emphasis on the development of these skills from early childhood appear to have lower levels of adolescent morbidity.
Or in other words, our commitment (time, love, energy, education) to our young children has a significant positive impact on their adolescent years.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Here's an enthusiastic bunch, based in Wichita, Kansas, that I've just stumbled across. Although their approach is quite different to that of The Adventures of Mali & Keela, the concept - of using tales of adventure and daring to engage with children and then to inspire and educate about virtues - is very similar.
Their program is called Chivalry for Children and I came to learn of them through Allen Leddon's blog.
In his blog Allen talks about choosing the virtues Honesty, Loyalty, Perseverance, Charity, Humility, Courtesy and Courage for their program designed to bring chivalry back to modern life.
I'm sure Keela's parents - the King and Queen in The Adventures of Mali & Keela - would wholeheartedly approve!
Saturday, June 5, 2010
A few days ago I received an email from Germany. Andrea from The Virtues Project in Germany found me through a friend involved with The Virtues Project in New Zealand. Small World. And getting smaller every day thanks to the power of the internet.
The global network that has grown from the original seeds of The Virtues Project is a wonderful example of unity. Thousands of people all over the world, collectively working to help people live by their highest values.
In The Adventures of Mali & Keela, unity is demonstrated by the friends making music together. As a global network, The Virtues Project is also making beautiful music.