(ANS - Khartoum) - Years ago Sudan hit the headlines as a result of photographs that won the Pulitzer Prize. A great photographer called Kevin Carter took a photo of a little girl and gave it the title: "the little girl and the vulture." In fact, the photo showed a vulture behind the small girl, as if waiting for her to die before eating her. The picture went around the world, was applauded for its content and its meaning, and was much talked about. But there is a message that today the world has not yet understood - do something to change the lives of millions of children and remove them from a poverty that becomes inhuman.
(ANS - Santiago) - Often, not only on social networks, but also in the courtroom, there is argument about harassment and humiliation received at universities. These outrageous gestures, also called "baptism" - and in Chile, especially, "mechoneo" – are a form of "welcome" for the freshman, both at university and in other institutions. But one thing is clear, they often go far beyond a simple joke to welcome newly arrived students. Some of these rituals involve humiliation, harassment, dominance-submission relationships, abuse and disrespect. Young people from the Salesian University in Chile have decided to change the style of the "welcome" and they call it "mechoneo solidale".
(ANS - Araçatuba) - According to one study, the Universities of Brazil have just 28 students per 1,000 inhabitants. The number of students is small compared to universities in Latin America. But the most worrying thing is that out of 100 students, only 50 complete their studies. This has prompted a columnist named Aldo Guadagni to ask: "Who cares about the future employment of the young people of today in the difficult globalized world?" The Salesians ask: "Who cares about the religious dimension in the University?" Few universities have the courage to live the religious dimension. The Salesian University has tried to live the Year of Mercy by organizing a meeting with university students which they call the “Mercy Camp”.
RMG – “The Church has made through this Pre-Synodal Meeting a big step towards youth”
(ANS – Rome) – Marketa is a youngster from Prague, Czech Republic. She is a student at the “Charles University” of Prague, studying in the faculty of Education, and most of all she is attending the Pre-Synodal meeting, since she was chosen as a delegate from the Czech Bishops’ Conference. However, she is also a volunteer in a Salesian organization, “SADBA”, with the Salesians of Don Bosco. Here she offers us a point of view from within the Pre-Synodal Meeting.
India – National seminar on “Conflicts in South Asia” in Assam
(ANS – Golaghat) – The Departments of Political Science and Sociology at Don Bosco College Golaghat and Salesian College Sonada jointly organised a national seminar entitled “Conflicts in South Asia: Its Consequences and Implications” from 16 to 17 March 2018. Peace activist and socio-cultural academician Prof. Thomas Menamparampil, SDB, Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati, graced the event as chief guest.
France - Educating young people towards a critical spirit
(ANS - Paris) - How to educate young people about inner freedom, so that they possess constructive criticism and do not let themselves be carried away by their emotions? How can we help them to distance themselves from false news that circulate everywhere and confuse truth with falsehood? And then, what is the critical spirit?