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BREADS India – advocacy films
DATE: May 23, 2018 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

Bangalore Rular Educational and Development Society (BREADS) of Salesians of Don Bosco Bangalore province in India produced short films dedicated to advocacy as a part of their Children Rights CREAM programme. you can view films: against child marriage, against child labour, for playground, demanding teacher in the school in the links below:

Kenya – International meeting of PDOs
DATE: April 26, 2018 CATEGORY: News

P1060078To ensure that the Planning and Development Offices (PDOs) in the various Salesian Provinces become increasingly more think-tanks wherein to reflect on how the Salesian Mission can support and foster human development and, especially, young people. This is the primary purpose of the international meeting of PDO leaders and operators currently taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.

The event is being attended by over 130 people from across the entire planet, including representatives of the various PDOs of the Congregation, missionaries, Salesians and lay people. Also present was the Economer General of the Congregation, Br Jean Paul Muller and the Councilor for the Africa-Madagascar region, Fr Américo Chaquisse .

The meeting in Nairobi takes place more than six years after the last similar appointment, which was held in Hyderabad in the autumn of 2011. For this very reason one of the most significant aspects of this meeting is to hold and foster an open discussion on how to expand the institute of PDOs for young people and society in light of the changes that have occurred in recent years at all levels and in different fields. It was also an occasion to conclude 4 years PDO capacity building programme in the region of Africa and Caribbeans. The programme was funded by European Union and led by VIS with participation of all the Don Bosco Network members.

“We asked ourselves the question: what is the role of PDOs in the Congregation? We have seen that there has been a nice process of development in recent years: many Provincials and Provincial Economers have launched PDOs and, through them, have carried out development projects that have changed the lives of young people and of the environments in which Salesian centers operate,” said Mr. Muller in a video produced by the “Bosco Eastern Africa Multimedia Services” (BEAMS), of the host province of the meeting, East Africa (AFE).

The much-felt need was therefore to create a new event wherein to share knowledge, best practices, visions and opportunities in relation to the innovations that have occurred since the last meeting in, innovations in the world of the Church, the Salesians, in the Economy, fundraising, the third sector and human development.

“With this meeting an important step forward is also taken even in consideration of the next General Chapter 28 of the Salesian Congregation”, concludes the Economer General in the video produced.

Technology at the service of the mission
DATE: April 17, 2018 CATEGORY: News

2aebb15d1e90453d9af2bff2d0d03145_XL[1]On Monday the 16th of April a seminar began for the leaders and operators of the Salesian Mission Offices, Don Bosco Network Members, the Planning and Development Offices, the various foundations and other Salesian organizations involved in activities of communication, fundraising, and development. The seminar’s theme is digital marketing: “Technology at the service of the mission.”

Sixty-five representatives from various NGOs and structures of the Salesian Family of all five continents are participating at the seminar which ends Saturday, April 21, at the “Fraterna Domus” of Sacrofano, near Rome.Read more »

Don Bosco Network Working Groups meetings
DATE: March 2, 2018 CATEGORY: News

20180226_115013On the 27th of February 2018 in the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy 15 representatives of Don Bosco Network members organizations gathered for Development Education and Development Cooperation Working Groups meetings. The participants had an opportunity to exchange their experience and plan common projects and programmes. The main topics discussed included: Sustainable Development Agenda, Migration, Global Education, effective Emergency Response, preparation for SDB Provincial Planing and Development Offices meeting in Nairobi in April 2018, capacity building and support to the network on Don Bosco Technical and Vocational training centres in Africa and Latin America.  Fr Guillermo Basanes the Councillor for Missions and Fr George Menamparampil the Coordinator of Mission Offices accompanied the meetings. On the 28th of February Don Bosco Network Board discussed preparations for next General Assembly meeting which will take place at the end of  May 2018.

Fifth advocacy meeting for Salesian organizations
DATE: March 2, 2018 CATEGORY: Advocacy, News

20180226_175626The fifth advocacy meeting for Salesian organizations took place on the 26th of February 2018 at Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, Italy. The meeting was organized by Don Bosco Network (DBN) and supported by Don Bosco International (DBI). The meeting saw the participation of General Councillors for Missions and Youth Ministry, Fr. Guillermo Basañes and Fr. Fabio Attard. In the meeting, participants included over 20 representatives of Salesian organisations who shared their advocacy actions in several fields. Among the topics discussed were the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and Migration. this second topic discussed the input from the Vatican Migrants’ and Refugees’ Section present in the Holy See document on UN Global Compacts. The meeting concluded with Fr. Attard’s presenting the Frame of Reference and its application to advocacy. The advocacy meeting grows year after year, as well as the number of joint initiatives developed together.