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news > 22/01/2013 - The New Year Honours Dedicated Leicester Teacher

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Our congratulations to Mr Dipak Kumar who was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for outstanding services to education.

Mr Kumar is a teacher at Abbey Primary School in Leicester and some 10 years ago he set up the Good Values Club. The Club now runs at the school every lunchtime and Saturday morning, helping the children learn about human values such as Love, Truth, Right Conduct, Non-violence and Peace. Through the week, 120 children attend the club with a regular attendance of 150 children every Saturday. The aim is not to just teach the words to the children, Mr Kumar says: "You can't teach values, you must draw them out through practical application and experience."

The project fulfils this through creative activities with arts and crafts, drama, storytelling and silent sitting, a form of quiet reflection. The Good Values Club receives no other funding than the support it gets from the school. Deputy Head Teacher, Mr Morley, explains the impact the club has had: "The school is located in quite a deprived area and we try to help the families as best we can. It's good for the children and the Saturday morning club is really important as it gives the children somewhere to go. In the past the school was struggling, and the behaviour of pupils and staff was not positive. The project has impacted across the whole school, including the staff, and we have seen huge changes in the positivity which is reflected in our outstanding academic results."

The Club has been praised by OFSTED in its 2011 report: "The Human Values system is the golden thread that binds the school together."

It's not just the teachers and OFSTED that have noticed the difference, 9 year old Shraddha said: "I was so cheeky when I was at nursery, I used to run around a lot, but when I came here (the Good Values Club) in year 1, I started to listen to my mum and I started to see the value of it, now I have calmed down and I listen."

Giving World and our company donors have supported the Good Values Club for many years by providing arts and craft materials, toys, books and CDs.

The Good Values Club has spread to 6 other schools across Leicester benefitting more communities. As one 8 year old wisely said: "You get more from life if you have good values."

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