Don Bosco and Maria Domenica Mazzarello, in their apostolic experience, laid great emphasis on the value of the community as the privileged place of education. The Educating Community, animated by the Family Spirit, is an effective way to educate when it mirrors the criteria that characterise a Salesian Environment. It implies encounter, collaboration and reciprocity. On 17.01.2015, the annual meeting of the Educating Community at the Zonal level was held at Our Lady’s, Chetpet, Chennai, St. Mary’s, Vellore and Auxilium, Tanjore with the participation of representatives of the young people, teachers, parents, Salesian Cooperators, Past Pupils and members of VIDES. The input sessions consisted of the Experience of GCXXIII with its thrust, ‘BROADEN THE HORIZONS – WITH THE YOUNG, MISSIONARIES OF HOPE AND JOY’, the call of Pope Francis ‘NO LONGER SLAVES, BUT BROTHERS AND SISTERS’ in his message for the World day of Peace, the Strenna of the Rector Major ‘LIKE DON BOSCO, WITH THE YOUNG AND FOR THE YOUNG’ and the programme of the UNO on the themes of the International Year ‘LIGHT AND LIGHT-BASED TECHNOLOGIES, and ‘HEALTHY SOILS FOR A HEALTHY LIFE’. The well prepared visuals presented the content with great clarity and precision calling for responsible action plan. The participation was total from the youngest member of the elementary school to the senior most teachers and the parents.
The afternoon session was a lively discussion in groups with the complete involvement of every one contributing eagerly to the practical implementations of the directives given. The sharing of the above in the general assembly kept every one alert and the interactive session ended with the firm resolve of the participants to start straight away realising the action plan at the personal, community, family and social levels. The outcome of the proceedings of the Zonal Level Educating Community Meetings will form the basis of the Plan and Project for the Year 2015 -’16. For the 350 members who had taken part in the educating community meeting at the three zones, it was a joyful experience of working together with the young and for the young and to be with them MESSENGERS OF JOY AND HOPE!
- Alphonsa Maria Yettukuri, INM