Character counts!
Guyana Chronicle
October 27, 2002

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THE Ministry of Education has initiated a network that is promoting the six pillars of character. The network includes governmental and non-governmental organisations as well as the media, and its members are asked to refer to the character pillars at every possible opportunity.

A release issued by the Ministry’s Health and Family Life Education Coordinator, Ms Lorna McPherson, is urging network members to insert `character moments’ whenever appropriate.

“For example, when someone is unpleasant, instead of saying `You are nasty’, you may say `You are not being very caring’.”

We publish below the six Pillars of Character (Definitions for Young People).


Be honest
Don’t deceive, cheat or steal
Be reliable - do what you say you’ll do
Have the courage to do the right thing
Build a good reputation
Be loyal - stand by your family, friends and country

Treat others with respect; follow the Golden Rule
Be tolerant of differences
Use good manners, not bad language
Be considerate of the feelings of others
Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone
Deal peacefully with anger, insults and disagreements

DO what you are supposed to do
Persevere: keep trying!
Always do your best
Use self-control; b self-disciplined
Think before you act - consider the consequences
Be accountable for your choices

Play by the rules
Take turns and share
Be open-minded; listen to others
Don’t take advantage of others
Don’t blame others carelessly

Be kind
Be compassionate and show you care
Express gratitude
Forgive others
Help people in need

Do your share to make your school and community better
Stay informed; vote
Be a good neighbour
Obey laws and rules
Respect authorities
Protect the environment