A Professional Development Day was organised on 12 October 2019 by the Diocese of Macao for teachers from local Diocesan schools. With a theme of “Mission and Challenges of Teachers under the Social Changes of the 21st Century”, the special guest speaker Mr. Lou Pak Sang, Director of the Education and Youth Affairs Bureau, shared with more than 500 Diocesan school teachers on how to be a good mentor who enters the life of each student to guide them towards a bright future while cherishing and respecting the environment. The event was co-ordinated by the Diocesan Catholic Education Commission (Comissão Diocesana da Educação Católica, C.D.E.C), and had the pleasure of the presence of Bishop Stephen Lee Bang-Sang; Deputy Director of Education and Youth Bureau Mr. Kong Chi Meng; Acting Deputy Director Kong Ngai; Head of Department of Research and Educational Resources Mr. Wong Kin Mou; Head of Division of Continuing Education Mr. Wong Chi Iong; a delegation comprises of School Inspectors and Functional Heads of various divisions and centres; School Supervisor of C.D.S.J. Mr. Chan Kei I; School Supervisor of C.D.S.J.5 Dr. Anna Chan; Management Committee Member of C.D.S.J.6 Dr. Rochelle Ge; along with the Principals and Vice Principals of the Diocesan Schools. Before the commencement of the training, the Bishop presented the speaker a gift that features the scripted calligraphy poem composed with Mr. Lou’s name in Chinese that had been hand-written by Mr. Chan Kei I.
老練沈轀展經綸 (LOU, tactful)
Displaying his tact and diplomacy in a marked degree,
柏木迎風氣凌雲 (PAK, cypress)
even facing opposing wind he stands tall like a cypress tree.
生就卓識領風進 (SANG, innate)
Taking the lead with his innate sagacity,
師毓德才桃李春 (our mentor)
he has nurtured and inspired numerous students of great ability.
Mr. Lou started with comparing the then-and-now of the environment, social behaviours, economy and technologies, to raise the awareness in the audience concerning such rapid changes all experienced without noticing, and to inspire the audience on what kind of knowledge, skillsets, attitudes, values we need to include in the effective development of our education system so as to truly benefit our students in preparing for the unpredictable future.
Through analysing common types of fallacies, he also encouraged the audience to equip students with the ability of critical and rational thinking that helps to identify the authenticity of the vast information one can access. In addition, Mr. Lou further urged the teachers to diligently aid students in establishing an attitude of gratitude and morality, and in becoming responsible person in the society. He then concluded his sharing with the Encyclical "Laudato Si'" by Pope Francis, encouraging attending teachers to educate through love and conscientiousness, with an aim to become the lifelong mentor of the students and to lead each student to cherish our homes with love and care as in the Franciscan spirits of “fraternity” and “minority”.
The training was delivered through mainly pictures and short clips, the audience mostly appreciated the rich contents and felt interested. Some teachers also expressed that everyone was listening with full attention as the covered topics were both entertaining and thought-provoking. In the Q&A session that followed, questions regarding parents’ education were asked and Mr. Lou exchanged his views and future plans of the bureau on the aspect.