(ANS - San José de Evinayong) - It was 16 June 1976 when in Soweto, South Africa, clashes developed between the black students and the segregationist police due to the imposition of Afrikaans, the language of the white minority, even in the schools in which the black majority of the population was segregated. Among the many victims were several young demonstrators who also died in the clashes; in their name the "International Day of the African Child" was born, a day celebrated every year to draw attention to the living conditions and rights of children and young people on the African continent.
(ANS - Lyon) - If the development of the critical spirit is at the center of the educational mission of school, it is, or ought to be, also central to and within families. How is interaction in the family, how does it take place? How does one give space to the words of one's children? And open their horizon? Here are some parents talking about the rules they have adopted.
(ANS - Santiago de Compostela) - Twenty-one social entities of Galicia have decided to join forces to build the first Platform for Infancy of that Autonomous Community, and the Don Bosco Federation of Galicia has taken the lead, with Xesús María Vilas Otero its representative and president. Working as a network to analyze the situation of the children and adolescents of the Autonomous Community, improve child policies and ensure the effective implementation of children's rights are the objectives of this platform, which is supported and inspired by the Platform for Children of Spain.
Palabek, Uganda - 2018 - New Salesian presence in Palabek, Uganda, within the refugee camp.
Bolton, Great Britain - January 2018 - By virtue of his voluntary service to the homeless, Billy Higham, a 7th year student of the Thornleigh Salesian Institute, received the "Certificate of Community Champion" from "SHARE" (Students Homelessness Awareness Raising Enterprise), an initiative of the "Sixth Form College" of Bolton established to improve the condition of the homeless and to raise awareness of the issue in society. Billy first began his volunteer work in elementary school, organizing collections for the benefit of the "Hope4homeless" organization.
(ANS - Lubumbashi) - "Joseph arrived at 'Bakanja Ville', the Salesian center in Lubumbashi dedicated to the first reception of street children, last May," says Delphine Morin, a volunteer at the same center. "It was a street kid who found him and took him to the center. The child was in a bad state: he had continuous epileptic seizures, which left him weakened and frightened, and a nasty wound to the tibia that prevented him from walking. Communication with him was not at all easy: with mental retardation, he barely spoke and seemed to have his head perpetually in the clouds."
China – Br Cheung: "I do my best and God will do the rest"
(ANS – Hong Kong) – Salesian Brother Joseph Cheung, SDB, has spent his lifetime in the education mission. Here he shares his experiences and reflections.
28th General Chapter: the same questions that pushed Don Bosco
With the letter addressed to all the Salesians of the world, the Rector Major set off the journey towards the forthcoming 28th General Chapter (GC28), a chapter presenting two interesting novelties: the return to Valdocco, 62 years after the last one the Salesian “Mother House” hosted, the CG18; and, above all, the approach. In fact, it is the first time that a General Chapter of the Salesians takes its name from a question: "What kind of Salesians for the youth of today?"
India – A seminar-workshop for teachers on love, family and pastoral care
(ANS – Mumbai) – Eighty teachers from four Salesian schools in the Mumbai district attended a workshop-seminar conducted by Father Francis Gustilo, SDB, and Joanna Marie Oliva, from the Philippines. It took place on June 11-12 at the Don Bosco Matunga campus in Mumbai. The event, organised by the Mumbai province, aimed to echo what both speakers shared during the Salesian International Congress on Youth Ministry and Family held in Madrid in November 2017.
Italy – For 70 years, an investment in hope
(ANS - Rome) – Fr Stefano Aspettati, recently appointed Provincial of the Salesian Circumscription of Central Italy (ICC), has been witness to the growth of the "Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco" for seven years. This is how he describes the evolution of the educational experience at the Borgo, in the 70 years of the Salesian center.
MESSAGES OF THE RECTOR MAJOR
I HAVE SEEN AND HAVE LIVED DON BOSCO’S MISSIONARY DREAM
My dear friends, I greet you all most cordially as I write this to you – though I am very late as regards preparation of the Salesian Bulletin. (I make the editor sweat because very often the deadline for submission is upon me as I sit down to write my message – which happens with everything else that bears my name and is penned in my own hand.)