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Educate Today and Tomorrow: A Passion that Renews Us

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July 28, 2014

educareEDUCATION - Vatican City.  ‘Educate Today and Tomorrow: A Passion that Renews Us’, is the title of the working document published on April 7 by the Congregation for Catholic Education in preparation for the World Congress on Education that will be held in Rome on November 18-21, 2015.  The 50th  anniversary of the Council Declaration on Christian Education, ‘Gravissimum Educationis’ and the 25th  Anniversaryof the Apostolic Constitution, ‘Ex Corde Ecclesiae’, on the Catholic University, which are commemorated in 2015, stimulate reflection on the vast educational problematic that traverses the world today.  The document recalls essential reference points of the two documents, the fundamental characteristics of Catholic schools and universities, and traces the challenges that Catholic educational institutions are called upon to respond to with a specific plan.

For years we have been speaking of the “educational emergency, of the difficulties in establishing educational rapports, which to be authentic, must transmit to the young generations vital principles and values, not only to help individual people to grow and mature, but also to collaborate in building the common good.’

Various challenges call to the school today, especially Catholic schools and universities, which by their specific nature, are called to be places of integral maturation for every person, oriented by evangelical values and the social doctrine of the Church.  Among the multiple challenges there are:  identity, scholastic community, dialogue, learning, integral education, unity of knowledge, lack of means and resources, religious formation, a multi-cultural and multi-religion society, and attention to the weak and marginalized.  In the face of these challenges, we are reminded of the need to tend to the adequate and continual formation of scholastic leaders and teachers, including positive relationships with families, local institutions, the ecclesial community, professional associations, and with the volunteer world.  Clear is the call to the Gospel pedagogy of receiving, accompanying, walking together, discerning, interpreting, directing, and witnessing.  Catholic educators are asked to have a lively faith and an elevated competence, along with the capacity to give witness to the value of the community and the need for continual study and building of educational contexts.

“One of the main responsibilities of teachers is to bring the young generations closer to the knowledge and understanding of the conquests of conscience and of its applications,” affirms the Working Document.  “However, the effort to know and to study cannot be separated from ethical and transcendental meanings.  Science and ethics, science and transcendence do not exclude each other, but are united for a greater and better understanding of the human being and the reality of the world.”
The Working Document also calls on the whole world and the entire Salesian scholastic reality, national and international associations of teachers, parents, students, past pupils, managers, and educating communities to reflect on the importance of education in the context of the new evangelization.

The World Congress on Education is an opportunity and a precious occasion to gather the indications of the Magisterium and trace out guidelines for future decades.  To reach this goal, it is possible to send by July 31, 2014, to the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   indications, suggestions, and proposals that will be taken into consideration in view of the 2015 event.

The Working Document can be found online at the Banca Dati

Source: Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco, Daughters of Mary Help of Christians

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