Linda Popov the psychotherapist behind the virtues Program says that in an age which many judge as cynical, violent and hyper-competitive few would expect that promoting old fashioned virtues, such as respect, reliability, tolerance, service, peacefulness, patience, honesty, humility, determination and justice would lead to any success. But the program which she began in the year 2000 has had stunning results wherever it is used.
The virtues program is a simple one, which promotes 52 words, one for each week of the year. The program entails learning to speak the virtues language and giving life to the virtues in our everyday interactions within the family, school, workplace, playground and wider community. It really is a simple tool to help with socializing those who are still at the formative stage and resocialising those who have gone beyond that stage. Popov explains that even hardened criminals have been reduced to tears on the realization that they too are capable of learning the virtues language and living the virtues.
The NCF has held Virtues training at schools and organizations island wide with the aim of bringing about positive social change in our homes, communities and country at a time when it is greatly needed. It is also a toolkit that is available for professionals at all levels in our institutions. From teachers, to police officers to those at the highest and lowest levels in the government departments. Too many times we hear complaints from the public of poor service from public servants, or of lack of interest on the part of teachers, of brutality on the part of the police and the overall lack of justice provided by the judicial system. This cannot continue if what we want is a respectful and peaceful country. It is imperative that the virtues take root and blossom throughout our institutions.