(ANS - Tournai) - Saidi is 14 years old and a year ago he left his home in Kabul, Afghanistan. He did everything to escape the Taliban. He traveled thousands of miles and crossed the sea. He did not ask himself about where to go. Today Saidi is being assisted by the program for unaccompanied minors of the Don Bosco Institute in Tournai, Belgium.
(ANS - Bogotá) - President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, received Pope Francis on Wednesday at Catam's Bogotá military airport, the beginning of the Pontiff's five-day pastoral visit to the country. During greetings to the authorities, the Pope broke with protocol to embrace a number of disabled people, including children with Down Syndrome, and military and police injured in action, one of whom consigned a small gift.
(ANS - Bemaneviky) - 16% of the world's population cannot read or write. The record holder of child illiteracy lies with Sub-Saharan Africa with its 32 million illiterate children. For many years, the Salesians of Don Bosco have been making their contribution towards eliminating this sad record. To celebrate World Literacy Day, Don Bosco Missions of Turin have begun a campaign to supply new desks to some of the elementary schools Monsignor Rosario Vella, Salesian Bishop in Madagascar, has established. Children from the rural villages are involved, as are students, former street children, from the Notre Dame de Clairvaux center, who will manufacture them in their carpentry workshops.
(ANS - Udine) – It's the end of the first year of experimentation of the dual school-work alternation system at the Vocational Training Center of the Salesian Institute 'G.Bearzi' in Udine. Headed by Fr Igino Biffi, SDB, it allows 18 boys studying the mechanical industry to graduate with actual work experience. Most of them have already signed an apprenticeship contract with their host companies. In July, after returning from their internship for a couple more weeks of school, the term ended with the final exam, involving both formation partners, to certify the acquired skills.