Character is an individual characteristic that is shown through how to behave, behave, and act to live and cooperate, both within the school, family, and community. Children having good character will become adults who are able to make good and right decisions and are ready to take responsibility for every decision taken.
It should be that schools as educational institutions contribute to instilling good character in each individual child for
At least 5 characters need to be instilled in children in the school environment.
1. Religious character
Instilling religious character is the first step in cultivating religious traits, attitudes and behaviors in the next developmental period. Childhood is the best time to instill religious values. Efforts to inculcate religious values must be adjusted to the level of development. It must be remembered, the child’s religious awareness is still at the stage of imitating. For this reason, the conditioning of the school environment that supports the process of inculcating religious values must be designed as attractive as possible. At this stage, the role of the teacher becomes very important as an example to set a good example for students. The teacher’s role is not just a reminder but also as an example together carrying out religious activities with students.
2. Love cleanliness and the environment
The cultivation of love for cleanliness is shown in 2 things, namely maintaining personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness. Cleanliness towards oneself is intended to form a healthy person and a strong soul. If the child is in good health and has a strong soul, the child can participate in teaching and learning activities well. Meanwhile, the cultivation of a love of cleanliness for the environment can be done by maintaining school hygiene starting from the road, the yard, to the class free from dust and rubbish. Making a picket schedule in each class, a weekly cleaning together agenda, or a school environment cleanliness contest are other examples that can be applied in the school environment as an effort to instill a love of cleanliness for the environment.
3. Honest attitude
Honesty has a positive impact on various facets of life, both now and in the future. Honesty is a very valuable investment and basic capital for the creation of effective communication and healthy relationships. Children as individuals who are honest and sensitive to various stimuli originating from the outside environment can have harmonious relationships and good communication with others. This kind of relationship will create mutual trust between the two. At
4. A caring attitude
Caring is an attitude and action always wants to provide assistance to others and those in need. Children’s care can be instilled in schools in various ways. For example when a classmate is sick then he can visit or can also collect money from classmates and then buy something as an innate when visiting as a form of concern. With the caring attitude inherent in children from an early age it will be loved by many friends. And when the child is suddenly in a difficult situation there will definitely be someone who wants to reach out and immediately help him.
Nationalist is a way of thinking, acting and having insight in placing the interests of the nation and state above personal or group interests. Nationalist character can be instilled through several things, including through the flag ceremony. By inculcating this nationalist attitude, as an adult there is a threat to the country he will become a person who is willing to sacrifice and dare to position himself in the front row in order to protect and save his beloved country. Through the inculcation of the five characters in this school environment, it is hoped that children can grow into individuals who have intellectual intelligence and excellent ways of behaving. Being personally possessing high knowledge and knowledge is certainly not enough, children must also be equipped with good attitude or character.