Veerle Roche – Gent / Belgium
What do you consider essential in the education of children?
Education should be based as much as possible on kindness. Man is a sensitive and emotional being who naturally possesses an innate kindness. This sensitivity is the foundation of morality, but because this sensitivity can easily degenerate due to egocentric attitudes, it needs to be refined by education. Kindness, which is none other than love, should be the common element in all education. Those who grow further in kindness also care about other virtues such as fairness, loyalty, honesty, and respect for others. An education based on kindness does not guarantee happiness but it will always bring more harmony and inner peace to every child and to the world.