With school opening on Monday, an official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urged parents to teach their children the value of recycling school supplies instead of buying new one every year.
“I proposed that parents teach and instil the value of stewardship to their children. Putting value to things, whether big or small, is important. If this becomes an attitude, it will help them become responsible,” Fr. Conegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth, said Saturday.
Garganta said that if the children “learn to start with recycling school stuff and maximize the use of resources, the value of being thrifty will be internalised.”
Recycling will help the children to develop other values and skills such as caring for the environment and being creative, he said.
Filipino parents usually buy new school supplies for their children.
JOHANNA M. SAMPAN