Story and pictures by DULCIE OREKE
GRADES 5 to 8 in Catholic community and primary schools will soon be using new personal development programme books.
Titled Dare to Love, the book was prepared by the national Christian education coordinator (NCEC), OLSH (our lady of the sacred heart), Sr Helen Warman.
Sr Helen said the book was produced in response to the directions of the Catholic community and primary schools.
She said while the main source of information for the book was from a Bishop of a South African programme, many other sources were also used to enrich the programme.
“The programme does not intend to cover full personal development curriculum for Grades 5 to 8,” Sr Helen said.
She pointed out that for important topics teachers would need to make use of the health and personal development supplementary materials, samples of work, that was produced by the curriculum division of the Department of Education in 2008.
“This book contains additional valuable information for health living,” Sr Helen said.
It was also revealed during the launch of the book at Don Bosco Technical Institution in Port Moresby that the newly-launched book also looks at human sexuality from the churches point of view.
Sr Helen indicated that the book would be beneficial once Catholic education secretaries (CES) and Christian education coordinators (CEC) underwent an in-service training.
The book was launched during the annual CES and CEC conference that saw more than 40 participants from all provinces attending the week-long event.
Participants will be issued with copies of the materials to kick start the programme in their respective provinces.