Olympic and Paralympic Values: Respect week

Key Points

  • Email worldclass@bbc.co.uk with your thoughts on 'respect'
  • DEBATE POINT: Should young people always respect their elders?
  • DEBATE POINT: Does respect have to be earned or is everybody entitled to be respected?

Join the discussion


    It's Wednesday 27 June, and our live debate on the theme of 'respect' is drawing ever-closer!

    Revisit this page at 0900 BST, when we'll be kicking off a discussion between schools on what 'respect' means to them.

    Want to get involved? Just email us at worldclass@bbc.co.uk!

    You can also post via our Facebook page or tweet using #worldclassvalues.


    We're off! Our debate on 'respect' has begun - let us know what your school has to say.


    This is the first of two debates today, with the second running at 1400 BST, which means two chances to get involved.

    What does respect mean to you?


    Khaitan Public School in India have been on the BBC World Class Facebook page and asked:

    ‎1. Why is it important to treat everyone with respect?

    2. Why is self respect important?

    3. Why do we need respect?

    4. Should we respect youth?

    What do you think? Let us know - email worldclass@bbc.co.uk or reply directly to Khaitan on Facebook


    At 1400 BST, we'll also be joined by some remarkable role models from the Dominican Republic.

    Six members of the Republic's Youth City Council will be on hand to answer your questions.

    These young politicians have a genuine impact on the lives of young people around them, and you can find out more about them by watching the video on the right.

    Yonerys, a Youth City Council member Yonerys, a Youth City Council member

    Let's kick off the debate with some 'recipes for respect' from Bempton Primary School in Yorkshire, UK.

    The Bempton pupils have detailed the ideal blend of ingredients to make 'respect'. Take a look at this great effort!

    What's your recipe for respect? What's your recipe for respect?

    What do you think? What's your recipe for respect?


    Yr5Northwood tweets: #worldclassvalues Children have respect for their teachers and elders. We are now thinking about how we have respect for each other.


    We'll be featuring some thoughts on respect this morning from two active teenage participants in the Dominican Republic's youth democracy movement (see 0911)

    Daniel is a Youth City Councillor in the municipality of Bani.

    And Luis is a former Youth City Council member and now acts as an advisor to the younger children.


    Northwood Primary School in London, UK are letting us know their thoughts on respect via Twitter.

    Joshua, aged 10, says: "respect is when you look up to someone as a role model", while 10 year-old Emmanuel believes "if you respect other people they will respect you back."

    Great to hear from the pupils at Northwood. What do you think? Email us at worldclass@bbc.co.uk, get in touch using our Facebook page, or tweet us using #worldclassvalues


    Upton High English ‏say on twitter: Some of our students are taking part in the BBC World Class Online Debate. #worldclassvalues


    We're joined in the debate now by Redruth School from Cornwall, UK - a big World Class hello to them!

    They have been discussing our debate point (see top of page): 'Why is respect an Olympic Value?'

    They say: "Good sportsmanship is achieved by respect of other athletes and members of your community. Amber and Morwenna (pictured) are school prefects and Sports Leaders.

    "They encourage respect throughout the school by being outstanding role models and monitoring the student body. As sportswomen themselves they place respect as an important factor in why they participate."

    Amber and Morwenna Amber and Morwenna

    Great stuff. Do you have any similar role models at your school?


    Bempton Primary School asked Luis (see 0923): "What do you think respect is?"

    Luis says: "For (Youth City Councillors) we consider respect as one of the most important values because it is a vital component for a team like we are.

    "But I would say that respect can also be defined as the human treatment given to a person. We (the councillors) are demanding respect for the less well off people who need the same opportunities as everybody else."


    More from Northwood School on twitter: Omonefe, 10, says: "We are thinking about why we respect certain people and not others." Morede, also 10, asks "can you like someone but not respect them?"

    What do you think? Let us know via worldclass@bbc.co.uk


    Liceo Copernico, a school in Italy, ask Domincan Republic Youth Councillor Daniel: "Do you think that respect can be taught?"

    Daniel replies: "Of course. We can start at home which are the center of the family. It is in the family where human beings are formed and learn about life."

    Do you agree with this? Is it the sole responsibility of parents to teach their children about respecting others - or are other people also responsible?


    A reminder that this week's debate follows our discussion on 'friendship' last week.

    Upton-by-Chester High School in Chester, UK, had some great comments. Emma thought that "friends are the family we choose for ourselves".

    Laura told us that "Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them but you know they are always there."

    Excellent thoughts and we'd love to hear something similar on 'respect'.


    Let's hear again from Youth Councillor Daniel (see 0923). Liceo Copernico, Italy, asked him: "What's the relationship between adults and young politicians?"

    Daniel tells us that "In some cases, there is a friendship between us. In our case, we are very close friends of the Mayor of our municipality and maintain a friendly relationship.

    "He is always there for us but he can not interfere in our election process of candidates (we do not accept the politicization of the process)."

    Want to know more about the young politicians? Just watch the video on the right and tune in at 1400 BST for a live Q&A with six youth councillors from the Dominican Republic.


    Here's another 'recipe for respect' from Bempton Primary School in Yorkshire, UK!

    What's your 'recipe for respect'? What's your 'recipe for respect'?

    We haven't got the room to show the entire recipe, so here's a partial transcipt:

    "First crack open kindness and helpfulness and season with honesty.

    "Boil up all your manners and sprinkle them with good behaviour.

    "Now add two grams of not being rude and stir in not answering back."


    Students from Upton-By-Chester School asked former youth councillor Luis: "Do you feel that you have become a role model for the younger generation in the Dominican Republic?"

    "The councillors from around the country, from its inception, have had the opportunity to bring a smile to children in need, something that certainly, at times, is worth more than money.

    "Evening activities such as children's dance and paint competitions are part of the community service activities which have involved the more than 500 children and adolescents who are part of this initiative."


    Here's more from Upton-by-Chester pupils with their own take on respect.

    Lucy, Emma, Lyn and Laura tell us that "as the Olympics are being held in London UK, our school are following the 'respect' motto.

    "As a variety of athletes from different countries arrive in our country, respect is essential."

    Lucy, Emma, Lyn and Laura Lucy, Emma, Lyn and Laura

    More from Youth Councillor Daniel (0923). Liceo Copernico in Italy ask: "How could you make the grown-ups consider your proposals seriously?

    Daniel advises: "Writing a project planning report which will help you to have a complete idea of what you want to do and the expected results."

    Do you think this would be effective? How do you make grown-ups respect you?


    We've added a new 'debate point' at the top of the page - should young people always respect their elders?

    Let us know your thoughts by emailing worldclass@bbc.co.uk, leaving a comment on our Facebook page or tweet us using #worldclassvalues


    Lucy from Upton-By-Chester High School, UK, says respect should be compulsory not a choice.

    Do you agree or do you think respect should be earned?

    Let us know via worldclass@bbc.co.uk


    Hello from Jen, Gaby, Tom and Ethan, Sixth form students from Upton-by-Chester High School.

    "We live in North West England, where the weather is currently overcast and humid.

    "Respect is gained through respecting others and treating people how you expect to be treated."

    Pupils from Upton by Chester High School Pupils from Upton by Chester High School

    We're getting towards the end of our first live debate on respect, so a reminder that we'll be joined at 1400 BST by six Youth City Councillors from the Dominic Republic!

    Holy Cross RC School from New Malden, UK, have a special message for the councillors:

    "¡ Saludos a nuestros nuevos amigos de la República Dominicana ! Aquí en el colegio de Holy Cross, New Morden, Inglaterra, valoramos el concepto del respeto.

    Somos un lugar donde los jóvenes pueden desarrollar cada una de sus potencialidades en un ambiente de cordialidad y respeto.

    Creemos que el respeto es el valor base de la vida de toda sociedad humana. Se dice que el respeto comienza con la misma persona por eso respetamos a nosotros mismos tanto como a los demás."

    Stay tuned - we'll be providing a full translation to all that at 1400!


    Laura and Emma from Upton-by-Chester High School say:

    R-respect is a concept universally understood.

    E-everyone should treat each other as they would like to be treated.

    S-simply by respecting others, you show understanding of their beliefs

    P-people are different, we should respect this as it is our differences which make us individuals.

    E-every person is unique, respect their cultures.

    C-cultural diversity is a beautiful thing, show respect.

    T-turn the world into a better place by respecting what others have to say.


    Here's Jen, Gaby, Tom and Ethan from Upton-by-Chester High School in response to Liceo Copernico (1934):

    "We think that respect is a value that can be learnt, it's universal and due to England being a multi-cultural country we learn to respect the beliefs of other people and cultures."


    Upton-by-Chester High School, UK, have also been in touch via Twitter to answer one of our debate points above: #worldclassvalues Jen, Gaby, Ethan and Tom. Age is irrelevant, respect is earned if given!


    Thank you for all your thoughts so far, we've had some great comments!

    We're going to wrap things up for now, but make sure you come back at 1400 BST to continue the debate on 'respect'!

    We'll be joined by Youth Councillors from the Dominican Republic, who will be on hand to answer your questions, so don't miss out.


    Welcome back to our live discussion on 'respect'!

    We're looking forward to hearing what respect means to schools across the globe. Just to recap on how your school can take part:

    • Follow this live feed and check out what other schools have said about respect
    • Email your thoughts and contributions to worldclass@bbc.co.uk
    • Or contact us through social media - visit us on Facebook or tweet using #worldclassvalues

    And talking of social media, Upton-by-Chester High School in the UK were tweeting us during the first live debate this morning.

    "We think that respect is looking after people across the world. global responsibility. Adam&Kieran."


    Barnes Farm Junior School in Chelmsford, UK, have been in touch to say they have been discussing what respect means to them:

    • We respect people who inspire us like our parents, teachers, childminders and our friends.
    • Respect needs to be earned.
    • We respect the elderly because they are sometimes less capable than younger people.
    • We should also respect the environment.

    A big World Class welcome this afternoon to Colegio Newland, joining us from Querétaro, Mexico!

    Pablo, Raúl, Sergio and Edson have this to say about respect: "In the Olympic Games, you can respect another athlete by showing your opponent that, even if you lose in a competition, you wont get upset or become a sore loser if you don't win.

    "The respect in the Olympic Games is important, because it is based on friendly competition, so it's in the Games' nature to respect each other as athletes. If you don't it just makes you and the country you represent look bad."

    Pablo, Raúl, Sergio and Edson follow the live debate! Pablo, Raúl, Sergio and Edson follow the live debate!

    John, Pablo and Cristopher from Colegio Newland in Mexico respond to Khaitan Public School (see 0905).

    "Why do we need respect? We need dialogue with others and to understand their ideas. Only if we respect we can learn from each other and that makes us grow as individuals and as a society."


    It's time to extend a huge 'hello' to some special guests!

    We have six Youth City Councillors today from the Dominican Republic who are ready to field your questions.

    These young politicians have a genuine impact on the lives of young people around them and you can find out more about them in the video on the right.

    What to ask them a question? Just email us now!


    Ximena, Raúl, Pablo and Sergio from Colegio Newland in Mexico have a question for the Youth Councillors!

    "How can respect be shown between people from different countries?"


    Another question for the Youth Councillors. Lucy from Upton-By-Chester High School in Chester, UK, asks:

    "Do you believe that a younger generation bring something new to politics?"


    Earlier, Lucy from Upton-By-Chester High School in the UK says respect should be compulsory not a choice. (see 1011)

    What do you think? Do you agree or should respect be earned?

    Email us via worldclass@bbc.co.uk, tweet us using #worldclassvalues or log on to our Facebook page


    Laura from Upton-By-Chester High School thinks we should respect different opinions: "Just because somebody else has a different opinion to you, it does not mean that their opinion is wrong."

    Good point Laura. What do you think?


    If you're thinking about joining the debate and are looking for some inspiration, check out our debate points at the top of the page.

    The current debate points are:

    • Should young people always respect their elders?
    • Does respect have to be earned or is everybody entitled to be respected?

    Colegio Newland, Queretaro, Mexico want to talk about respect in the Olympic Games.

    They say: "The Olympic Games are the most important games in the world with a diverse number of events that are included, so it allows athletes from all walks of life to compete.

    "In these games the different countries can demonstrate respect through athletism competition and International peace with a common goal for all the nationalities that participate."


    While we're waiting to hear back from the Youth Councillors from the Dominican Republic, Holy Cross School in New Malden, UK have a welcome message for them!

    We posted it earlier (1014) but some of you may have had difficulty understanding it...So here's the translation:

    "Greetings to our new friends in The Dominican Republic! Here at Holy Cross School we value the concept of respect.

    "We are a place where young people can develop each and every potential in an friendly and respectful environment.

    "We believe Respect is the basis of all human society. It is said that respect begins with oneself and so we respect ourselves as much as we respect others."


    Here's a picture of the kids from Bempton Primary School holding their 'recipes for respect' (see 0956, 0913):

    Bempton pupils with their 'recipes for respect' Bempton pupils with their 'recipes for respect'

    They want to know what are your recipes for respect?


    Emma from Upton-by-Chester High School has responded to Lucy's comment about respect being compulsory.

    She says: "I think respect should be earned. If you respect someone, they should respect you."

    Regarding our debate point on whether young people should "respect their elders", Laura and Lyn say you should, but "surely we all deserve respect no matter what our age is."


    More from the students at Upton-By-Chester High School.

    "Respect is a vital aspect of everyday life, helping to ensure that people can co-operate regardless of differing views".

    Hopefully you can see the projector in the background of this great picture - it's the very page you're reading now!

    So that means in a minute, this sentence will appear on their screen... Best not to think about that too hard or you're head will start hurting.

    In front of the live text stream! In front of the live text stream!

    The Youth Councillors in the Dominican Republic have an answer for Upton-By-Chester High School (1414)

    They say: "Yes, we as young people can advocate for the politicians to develop the proposals presented by adolescents.

    "By developing the Youth Councils we can collect information on the needs of children and child rights. This can be presented to the adults for them to try to fulfill child rights and development.

    "There could be a change in politics because the proposals presented by us to the authorities are formulated from the adolescents and children's point of view."


    The Youth Councillors answer Colegio Newland's question (1412):

    "By trying to understand other people's culture and listening to their opinions and respecting each other's points of view.

    "We have to respect other people's actions and behaviour and try to find points we share."


    Bempton Primary School, UK, want to ask the Youth Councillors: "Who is your role model and why?"


    As part of respect week we have a brand new assembly featuring Trinidad and Tobago 400m hurdler Jehue Gordon. In it he remembers where he come from and we look at the respect he has for his country, his coach and his family.

    Why not check it out and answer the assembly question - Can your respect someone you have never met?


    Some questions from Redruth School in Cornwall, UK, for the Youth Councillors:

    "Do you receive 'respect' from other young people and adults in your role as Youth Councillors?"

    "Does sport help young people in the Dominican Republic gain respect? If so, how?"


    We want to hear from you! Get involved in this live interactive discussion on respect and let us know what you think.

    You can email worldclass@bbc.co.uk, leave a comment on our Facebook page or tweet us using #worldclassvalues


    Laura and Lyn at Upton-By-Chester want to know if "the respect people have for you increase as you grow older?"

    A good question. What do you think? Is this true?


    The Youth Councillors answer Upton-By-Chester's question: "Do you have upcoming projects you intend to get involved in to help living conditions in your town?"

    They say: "In Bani, a project on birth registration was carried out. More than 180 children and adolescents were provided with their birth certificate.

    "In many cases birth certificates were provided to all the members of the family because none of them had a birth certificate.

    "The lack of birth certificates is a problem that affects many children, adolescents, and adults. This project had a huge impact in the community."


    Morwenna and Amber from Redruth School have been in touch regarding the 'respect your elders' debate point, above:

    They say: "Respect must be earned and that includes elders. Everyone should be polite to each other as manners cost nothing.

    "Respect must be worked at as we should not judge a book by its cover. Prejudice is a form of disrespect. No-one should be disrespected if they do not deserve it.

    "We should all be willing to offer everyone an equal opportunity to gain respect, and in sport you often respect someone after competing with or against them."

    Excellent stuff from Redruth School there. What do you think?


    If you want to find out more about the Dominican Republic's remarkable young politicians, check out the video on the right.

    Also available on the right is a short film about Jehue Gordon, a hurdler from Trinidad and Tobago who will feature in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Find out why despite his success, Jehue's roots and background remain important to him.

    We've created assemblies for primary and secondary schools looking at Jehue's experiences - use the tabs above to explore what's on offer.


    Not long to go now in the online discussion on the Olympic value of respect, but there's still time to tell us what you think! Why not take a look at our current debate points and get in touch?

    Should young people always respect their elders?

    Does respect have to be earned or is everybody entitled to be respected?

    Email, tweet via #worldclassvalues or go on facebook to tell us all!


    Youth Councillor Daniel answers this question from Liceo Copernico in Italy: "Do you think that we live in a respectful world?"

    Daniel says: "Not totally, but most of the cases are the result of a lack of values and morals in society but with the help from all of us we can rescue that virtue.

    "We think that we should start to change that situation instead of waiting for the 'politicians' who make promises and do not fulfill the commitment."


    More from our friends in the Dominican Republic as former Youth Councillor Luis comments: "The Youth and Children Councils have developed a lot of projects since 2004 for the rights of children and adolescents.

    "They have had the opportunity to work together with other institutions and organizations like World Vision, Plan International, Office of the First Lady, among others."


    The Youth Councillors have expanded on their work with communities.

    They tell us: "A problem is the high rate of pregnancy in adolescents; 294 pregnant adolescents have been identified by the project.

    "Counselling has been provided to prevent another pregnancy. Sexual education courses have been provided at schools and community. Our goal is to decrease by 30% the cases of adolescent pregnancy in the next two years."


    Upton-By-Chester tweet‪ in response to the Youth Councillor's answer (1451): #worldclassvalues‬ it's a basic human right that everyone should get a birth certificate,therefore what you have done is brilliant.

    In a further tweet they add: #worldclassvalues‬ we have to leave however being part of this has been an amazing experience and we admire and respect everything they do.

    Thanks very much for participating guys!


    Right, that's a wrap everyone! It's been a fantastic live debate once again, with a huge variety of points made from around the world.

    Join us on Wednesday 4 July from 0900-1000 and 1400-1500 for our live debates on theme of 'courage'.

    A special thanks to our Dominican Republic Youth Councillors who provided some great answers to your questions, and we will let them have the final word...


    Here's the Youth Councillor's answers to Redruth School in Cornwall, UK!

    Q: "How do you make a significant impact on political activity if you are not officially engaged in the process?"

    A: "First you can formulate a proposal and present it to the authorities and some institutions showing them our interest to make a change in the community."


    And finally...

    Q: "How democratic is your country? Would you improve this?"

    A: "Our country is democratic but not enough. We as juvenile authorities could suggest to the politicians to involve children and adolescents in their projects, carrying out open town hall meetings.

    "This is included in the municipal law. Every citizen could present his & her ideas and suggestions at those meetings. The authorities could take these into account to include them in their plans.

    "By citizens we don't mean being 18 years of older but being an active member of the community."


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