(ANS - Lyon) - "Forming honest citizens" was one of the main objectives of Don Bosco. This rather republican expression is a bit surprising, because in Italy in the nineteenth century, the Church and the Republic were not in great agreement. But for Don Bosco, educating for citizenship basically meant promoting brotherhood.
(ANS - Rome) – Even small gestures can bring changes in the way we consider those who are different from ourselves. Yesterday, 21 March, was International Down Syndrome Day. In Cartagena in Spain, the students of "San Juan Bosco" primary school, were invited to do drawings to express how they see their companions with this syndrome. The intention was to break stereotypes and discover the positive contributions that people with Down syndrome can make.
(ANS - Rome) - Training and work are an important combination: young people go to school to study and learn knowledge that will be the basis on which they build their professional career and acquire the ability to stay in the workforce. Some schools have a period of work experience in preparation for this step. It is an opportunity for young people to begin to confront the adult world through the learning of a trade, and the development of social skills in the work context. The Reception Centre for Minors at Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco is implementing this strategy.
(ANS - Madrid) - Fr Javier Valiente, a Salesian, Delegate for Social Communication of the Province of Madrid, is also Deputy Director of the "El Día del Señor programme" (The Lord's Day), broadcast by the "La 2" channel of TVE, the Spanish national broadcaster. On the proposal to "drop the Mass from Spanish TV", supported by a political group, he says: "I work in the TVE program, and I want to give my point of view".