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Coventry to celebrate World Values Day

Coventry’s schools are being urged to encourage their schoolchildren to reflect on life values that are most important to them.

World Values Day takes place on Thursday, October 19, providing an opportunity for people to identify and act upon their chosen values.

The call to action comes from Coventry Sports Foundation’s Engage! project, which is rolling out its Engage Values Programme which teaches the city’s primary school children about life values through the game of rugby, which include teamwork, respect, integrity, enjoyment and discipline.

Each of Coventry’s 87 primary schools that are planned to take part in the initiative are being asked to choose their favourite value and tell us why it’s important to them, then share their story via social media to @EngageCoventry with the hashtag #WorldValuesDay to summarise the particular values that apply to their school.

During the afternoon of World Values Day, pupils from the city’s special educational needs schools are also being given the opportunity to rub shoulders with a three-time British Paralympian, Mandip Sehmi.

The wheelchair rugby player, who is also an Engage! Ambassador, is hosting an introductory session with support from GB Wheelchair Rugby at the Alan Higgs Centre with a number of Coventry Special Schools.

Tom Clift, Programme Manager at Engage!, said:

Engaging young people in international events such as World Values Day are key stepping stones in helping them to develop into well-rounded people and understanding their place in the world.

Whether it’s having a simple discussion in the classroom or being out on the sports field, we’d encourage teachers, parents and individuals to dedicate some time in the day that helps pupils to think about what values are most important to them in their everyday lives.

We’re looking forward to seeing which themes emerge from the day with over 50 schools now receiving the programme this academic year. To book your school onto the FREE values programme visit:

To take part in World Values Day download the template below and tell us what’s your favourite value and why?