MORAL EMPOWERMENT THROUGH LANGUAGE
The Moral Empowerment through Language Programme was initiated to respond to the vast potential of Macao’s junior youth and youth to contribute to the advancement of society. The development of the programme has benefited from the high value the population of Macao places on both intellectual and moral education, as well as the support of local educational institutions.
As Macao has undergone rapid material development over the course of the last few decades, the need for educational programmes that can develop in young people a broader understanding of the purpose of education, equip them to understand the forces at work in society, and assist them to channel their energy into service to the community has grown more and more apparent. Towards these aims, the Programme engages in a process of learning with like-minded organizations including schools, universities and the Macao Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, drawing on the capacities of a pool of collaborators including older youth, university students, young adults, teachers, and administrators.
The programme uses an internationally developed curriculum consisting of stories containing meaningful themes and exercises, quotations, art activities, drama, cooperative games, and service within a participatory environment of encouragement and mutual support.
Since it was initiated in 2007, over 4,800 junior youth in Macao have participated in the programme. Participants have arisen to undertake a variety of community service projects, including in the areas of environmental protection, education, and animal welfare. We have seen participants enhance their powers of expression, place increasing value on practicing moral character in their daily lives, and strengthen bonds of collaboration and friendship within their schools.
Volunteers contribute to the Moral Empowerment through Language Programme by:
participating in training to develop their capacity to release the potential of junior youth
assisting groups of junior youth to study and discuss meaningful texts and to organize social, artistic, and service activities
attending regular reflection meetings to share learning with other volunteers