What is Family Life Education?
Goa has a long tradition of close bonded family system. But today, we see that modern family as an institution is in crisis. Families are not exempt from the difficulties that accompany rapid social and technological changes. Yet, the family has always demonstrated an ability to turn difficulties into challenges. Indeed the family can offer support and security to individuals in the society in a fast changing world.
Families come in different shapes and sizes, each family has a unique sense of shared family traditions, shared experiences and continuity of pattern through generations. We believe that nurturing this quality of family contact and interaction becomes even more important at a time like today, when many people feel rootless and isolated. Technological progress often contributes to development but sometimes it generates a sense of depersonalization – a question of self-identity. That is why family life education is essential and relevant in present day context.
As we know every society has evolved its own ways of preparing its younger members for adulthood primarily through an educational process. Traditionally most elements of family life education have been informal, taking place within the home, place of worship, work and in every day contacts with other people. In childhood many values related to family life education have been imparted through stories from folk tales, epics, religious scriptures, etc. The hidden rationale behind this is to enable children to imbibe values essential for family life or inculcate these values in them so that they act as guidelines for the rest of their lives.
As societies change and become more complex, this pattern of informal learning about living in families becomes inadequate. The development of new knowledge, advances in technology, and changing social and economic conditions create situations where the teachings of previous generations are no longer appropriate or sufficient. In these circumstances, societies must find or create new ways to prepare individuals for their family roles and responsibilities. One of these new ways is Family Life Education.
Diocesan Family Service Centre, Goa, under the Family Life Education (FLE) Department strives to build stronger families for stronger communities. Family Life Education is a special programme, designed for the teens and adolescents. They are given a detailed understanding about the maturing of their own bodies and those of the complementary sexes. They are made aware of the various physical and physiological changes that occur. They are briefed about the various choices and are guided in their times of crisis. The need to embrace a life of virtues also forms an integral part of the programme.
The importance of family life education is summed up in the following points:
- Family life education helps the young people to solve family problems.
- It helps the youth in their growing stage to know about the social, emotional and physical changes that take place in this stage.
- It provides knowledge about maintaining good relationship among the members of the family and other people of the society. It helps to make the family happy and prosperous.
- It develops the knowledge, values and the skills, which are necessary for adulthood, marriage and parenthood as well as for participation in community life.
- It helps to deal with the changes in the adolescents lives in their society.
- It helps them to make wise decision and communicate effectively with others about all matters concerning the social behaviour
The FLE department has a special module for schools (Std V to Std X) and Higher Secondaries. A trained team of resource persons go to various schools all over Goa, when requested to conduct the sessions. Each session has three main topics, which are covered up in a day viz. Family Values, Importance on the value of life and human sexuality and case studies/question-answer session.
Dear Rev. Father,
We would like to express our sincere gratitude for conducting the Family Life Education sessions for our students of Std Vth to VIIth on 12/07/ 2022 and Std VIIIth to Xth on 13/07/2022. It was really a lively session where our students have gained a lot and your session has motivated and rejuvenated them. Surely this will help our students to grow. May God bless you and grant you good health to carry on the good work.
Fr. Milagres Dias
Manager, Our Lady of Carmel High School
Curtorim, Salcete – Goa
This session is very useful for youngsters nowadays. Most of the students don’t have proper knowledge about sex which leads them to do wrong things. I really appreciate the work done by the team. we really got to know alout lot of important things. I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude.
Student, Our Lady of Rosary High School
The session was extremely informative and provided insight into how we can grow into a society of well informed individuals and we too can spread awareness and help create a safer world. Thank you for giving us your time and guidance.
Student, Chubby Cheeks Spring Valley High School.
Diocesan Family Service Centre, Goa in accordance to the Jannani programme initiated by the Goa Samagra Shiksha offered Family Life Education programme based on Menstruation hygiene management and nutrition, safe and unsafe places, good touch and bad touch, how to protect oneself from sexual violence and the changes during puberty for girls and boys at St. Elizabeth High School, Pomburpa on 16th February 2023 and Holy Cross High school, Siolim on 24th February 2023.
P.T.A. session at Infant Jesus High School, Colva.
The P.T.A. General Body Meeting of Infant Jesus High School, Colva was held on 1 July 2023. The resource person for the meeting was Rev. Fr. Albano Fernandes, Director of the Diocesan Family Service Centre, who spoke on the topic, ‘Love Never Gives Up.’ Rev. Fr. impressed upon the parents that it is important to understand their unique role as parents in the upbringing of their children. He further spoke about the positive and negative aspects of the four Parenting Approaches i.e. Strictness, Permissiveness, Neglectful and Positive Discipline. He showed the importance of the ‘Positive Discipline approach’ which is based on the attitude of parents of firmness and kindness, helps in the healthy development of the child in all aspects. He, further, guided the parents on how to deal with disrespectful behaviour of their children and instructed them to deal with love because Love never gives up. He told the parents that parenting is a vocation and the family is a school of love. He reminded the parents that if they think that they have failed in the upbringing of their children till date, they should be discouraged but understand that there is still time to fight back with God’s help and fortitude and guide their children to be responsible citizens. He concluded his talk by advising the parents to be hopeful and tolerant in the upbringing of their children, as children are the fruits of love and Love Never Gives Up.
Programme for Pre-Novitiates of Don Bosco – Loutolim
The Diocesan Family Service Centre, Goa conducted two days programme for the pre-novitiates of Don Bosco – Loutolim on 19th and 20th September 2023.
The topics covered were:
Family in the documents of the Church, The Church and homosexuality, Pro-life, Reproductive system of man and woman, called to oneness through sexuality, Pornography and Psychosexual Disorders, Friendship and Love, Chastity, Social issues affecting our families, Implications of risk taking behaviours, Sexually transmitted infections, HIV / AIDS and it’s implications on society. Twelve pre-novitiates benefitted from this programme which was very much appreciated. The resource persons were, Dr. Roshan Nazareth, Agnelo and Augusta Cardozo, Francisca Fernandes and Perpetua Desouza. Fr. Ian Figueiredo SDB expressed his gratitude to the DFSC team.
NOTE OF APPRECIATION
Dear members of the Diocesan Family Service Centre,
We would like to express our immense gratitude to you for enlightening us on such important topics. We thank you for such interesting sessions. They were so well conducted, topics were so well explained, we did not realize how the hours went by. We are sure this knowledge will help us in the future regardless of wherever we are. This information has enabled us to be better followers of Christ. May God bless you all and your families for all the work that you so generously do to further His kingdom. We assure you of our prayers. Thank you once again.
Pre- Novices and confreres,
Don Bosco, Loutolim.
|Date:||Name of School:||Place||Standard Given Session|
|16, 17, 23 & 24 June 2022||Rosary High School||Navelim||V-X|
|21 June 2022||Our Lady of Desterro||Desterro, Vasco||V-IX|
|22 June 2022||St. Andrews High School||Goa velha||V-X|
|27, 28, 29, 30 June 2022||Guardian Angels High School||Sanvordem||V-X|
|01 July 2022||Marina English High School||Verna||V-VII|
|5, 6 July 2022||Infant Jesus High School||Colva||V-IX|
|7 July 2022||St. Joseph Convent High School||Nagoa, Verna||V-X|
|11 July 2022||Don Bosco High School||Panjim||X|
|12, 13 July 2022||Mount Carmel High School||Curtorim||V-X|
|14 July 2022||Mae De Deus Pobres High School||Nuvem||V-X|
|15 July 2022||St. Andrew’s High School ( ICSE)||Vasco||V-X|
|18, 19, 20 July 2022||Our Lady of Rosary High School||Fatorda||V-X|
|21, 22 July 2022||Mary Immaculate High School||Panjim||VII-X|
|25, 26, 27, 28 July 2022||The Rosary High school||Cujira, Bambolim||V-X|
|29 July 2022||St. Anne’s High School||Tormas||V-X|
|1, 2, 3 August 2022||Perpetual Succour Convent||Navelim||V-VI|
|3 August 2022||St. Lawrence High School||Agassaim||V-X|
|22 August 2022||Marina English High School||Verna||VIII-X|
|19, 20 September 2022||St. Clara High School||Assnora||V-X|
|26 November 2022||St. Xavier’s Vidalaya||Corgao Pernem||V-X|
|29, 30 November 2022||Chubby cheeks School||Porvorim||V-VIII|
|02 December 2022||Chubby cheeks School||Porvorim||IX-X|
|08 December 2022||Pope John Paul XXIII||Quepem||Open school|
|15, 16 December 2022||Auxillium High School||Benaulim||V-X|
|16 February 2023||St. Elizabeth High School||Pomburpa||V-X|
|24 February 2023||Holy Cross School||Siolim||VII-X|
|14 June 2023||St. Rock's High School||Tollecanto, velim||V-X|
|15 June 2023||St. Andrews ICSE High School||Vasco||V-X|
|16 June 2023||St. Anne's High School||Agonda||V-X|
|19 June 2023||Bethany Convent High School||Sao Jose De Areal||V-X|
|20 June 2023||Saviour of the World High School||Loutolim||V-X|
|21 June 2023||Infant Jesus High School||Colva||V-X|
|22 & 23 June 2023||Rosary High School||Colva||V-X|
|24 June 2023||Adarsh High School||Margao||V-X|
|26 June 2023||Mae Dos Porbes High School||Nuvem||V-X|
|27 June-01 July 2023||Guardian Angel High School||Sanvordem||V-X|
|03 July 2023||St. Clara's High School||Assonora||V-X|
|04 & 05 July 2023||Our Lady of Rosary High School||Fatorda||V-X|
|07 July 2023||St. Joseph Convent High School,||Nagoa – Verna||V-X|
|10 July 2023||St. Joseph Vaz High School||Sancoale||V-X and also session for teachers|
|11 & 12 July 2023||Mary Immaculate Girls High School||Panjim||V-X|
|13 & 14 July 2023||Santa Cruz High School||Santa Cruz||V-X|
|17 & 18 July 2023||Holy Spirit Institute||Margao||V-X|
|19 July 2023||St. Teresa Convent High School||Raia, Santemol||V-X|
|24 July 2023||Marina English H.S,||Verna||V-IX|
|28 July 2023||St. Aloysius H. S||Benaulim||V-X|
|09 Aug 2023||St. Joseph Vaz High School||Calangute||VI-X|
|16 August 2023||Mae De Deus High School||Corjuem Aldona||V-X|
|07 & 08 September 2023||Chubby Cheeks H. S||Porvorim||V-X|