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Character education conferences kick off in Manila, Davao

Character education conferences kick off in Manila, Davao

By Fr. Mickey Cardenas

October 9, 2019

Manila, Philippines

As a fitting activity for the Year of the Youth, one of the world’s most respected authorities in the field of character education starts today a series of conferences for students, parents, and educators in Manila and Davao.

Dr. Thomas Lickona, acknowledged as a major pillar in character education, is scheduled to hold conferences at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Pasig City on Oct. 9.

He will give his first presentation, “Sex, Love and Character: Making the Right Decisions”, to two batches of students respectively at 8am and 10am.

From 1pm to 3pm, he will hold a session for educators titled “How to Foster Students’ Kindness, Respect and Gratitude: Strategies for the Classroom”. And, at 4pm, he will address parents in the conference titled “Raising Children of Character: 10 things parents can do”.

On Oct. 12, Lickona will be in Davao City for a conference on “Raising Kind and Caring Kids at Home and in Schools” at the Malayan Colleges Mindanao Auditorium.

Everyone interested in this conference can contact AnakKaugmaon Foundation, Inc. at or call 0946-275-2151, for reservations. There will be two conferences scheduled from 8am to 12 noon and, from 2pm to 6pm.

Dr. Lickona is a developmental psychologist and professor of education emeritus at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he directs the Center for the Fourth and Fifth Rs (Respect and Responsibility). 

A past president of the Association for Moral Education, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Character Education Partnership, and speaks around the world to teachers, parents, religious educators, and other groups concerned about the character development of young people.

Some of his books are acknowledged as among the most important materials available for parents and schools interested in championing character building and values formation: “Raising Good Children”, “How to Raise Kind Kids”, Character Matters” and “Educating for Character”, among others.

Lickona has been a guest on numerous radio and TV talk shows, including “The Larry King Live Radio Show,” “Good Morning America,” and “Focus on the Family.” His work was the subject of a New York Times Magazine cover story, “Teaching Johnny to be Good.”

In 2001, the Character Education Partnership presented him with the Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award in Character Education. He and his wife have two sons and fourteen grandchildren and live in Cortland, New York.

Lickona’s visit to the Philippines is made possible by the “Center for the 4th and 5thRs Asia” (Respect & Responsibility), and the CATALYST for Professional Development Services.

For more information and reservation, interested parties may contact Mann Rentoy at +63-908-864-84-91 or visit