France - Trust created in the playground

14 August 2018

(ANS - Lyon) - The "courtyard or playground" pedagogy, so dear to the Salesian Preventive System, does not leave young people indifferent. They are positively marked by the closeness of their educators in times of recreation. This was also the experience of two young students from the "Notre Dame des Minimes" institute in Lyon.

Nassim: "In April 2016, during the summer, I left with a group of young people in Normandy, for a holiday period organized by the 'Diamond' association. But above all, I left with one of my teachers. Go on vacation with your teacher! Strong stuff! But it was really nice, different from school. During this time we realized that we were leaving the classroom, that it was just us. This allowed us to experience greater complicity among all of us and to get to know our teacher better.

I was able to invite my Catholic teacher to share Ramadan fasting with my family. It was nice, because we do not often invite anyone home. It was a beautiful evening, even if a bit strange at the time of prayer ... It was the first time that a non-Muslim saw me pray."

Côme: "Last year, in June, I went to Turin with all the students of the sixth grade. We were with teachers and second-year students. And the relationships between us all were beautiful, because the adults came to talk to us on the bus. They were really beautiful moments! But they, the adults, were not always with us: we also had moments amongst ourselves, with our friends. My favorite memory is of the evenings at Colle Don Bosco where we were free to play soccer, table tennis or table soccer with the teachers and the school director. Through these activities we got to know them in a different way."

Source: Don Bosco Aujourd’hui


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