On the 22nd September 2016, Bahamas Catholic Board of Education (CBE) schools in The Bahamas joined one hundred and twenty-five (125) countries and hundreds of thousands of people around the globe to celebrate Character Day. The brainchild of Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and now in its third year, Character Day was designed to initiate conversations about character strengths and how to develop them. This year’s Character Day was the first to be held in The Bahamas. The idea for The Bahamas to participate in this important, global event became a reality as a result of a partnership between several local organizations. The Character Day activities for each CBE school were as varied as the character traits of each student. Activities ranged from students walking throughout their community to share the importance of good character with others, to a local policewoman addressing students on the value of honesty. Catholic school students in Abaco reflected positive character traits through song and dance. Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Academy in Freeport held a special assembly during which students took the lead to explain to their peers the specific aspects of positive character traits. Character Day activities will be extended all year in CBE schools. Consistent, intentional efforts will be made towards the development of young people who are aware of, understand and exhibit core ethical values. Catholic Schools in The Bahamas were the first schools in The Bahamas to sign up to participate in Character Day. The importance of character, particularly how young persons develop moral consciousness, forms the foundation of the educational philosophy of CBE schools.

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