El Salvador - April 2021 - In the vaccination campaign launched by the government of El Salvador, teachers and administrative staff of educational institutions were considered priority groups to receive the vaccine against Covid-19. In the week of April 5-9, about 560 teachers and collaborators in the various areas of the Salesian schools in El Salvador received the first dose of the vaccine. All the staff enthusiastically participated in the scheduled appointment, accompanied by the Salesian priests, who also received their respective doses, in a general atmosphere of joy and hope. The country’s Minister of Education has officially reopened partial in-person lessons and in the coming weeks each Salesian school will gradually begin reopening, adapting to needs and taking into account the measures necessary to protect the health of students and teachers in this new phase.
Brazil - April 2021 - On 10 April the meeting of the Delegates of the Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) took place online. 25 young people from Brazil and other South American countries took part. The meeting was coordinated by Fr Rafael Bejarano, member of the Youth Ministry Department, Coordinator for Social Works of the Interamerica and America South Cone Regions. The meeting's primary objectives were to set down the formative guidelines and to share the experiences of the work done by the young Salesians in South American presences. Among the priorities defined, there are: the formation of animators in the Salesian charism; sharing the knowledge acquired, based on the realities experienced in each country; to always have a Salesian present in the accompaniment of young people in SYM groups.
Siliguri, India - April 2021 - Rajah Banerjee, the famous grower of Darjeeling tea, who developed his own fine variety called "Rimpocha", donated tea plants to the Rector of the Salesian Institute in Siliguri, Fr George Thadathil, SDB. “In the near future, we hope to jointly create a Tea Academy at the institute,” said Mr Banerjee, who with his staff will teach the school's gardeners how to grow and prepare Rimpocha tea. Fr Thadathil then stated that a memorandum of understanding is being drawn up between the Salesian school and "Rimpocha Tea".
Nairobi, Kenya - April 14th 2021 - Fr. Alphonse Owoudou, Regional Superior for Africa Madagascar, inaugurated and blessed the new Convergent Media Centre at Don Bosco Boys Town in Nairobi. This will be the first one of this kind in the Salesian Africa region. Don Bosco Boys' Town Convergent Media Centre (DBBTCMC) is added to Boys Town's existing facilities primarily to promote its students' talents. There are many students interested in media; we hope to help them develop their talents through this initiative. Today media, Traditional (print and broadcast) and Digital, are converging into single platform, so there is a need to understand it and learn to use it. In addition to training in content creation for print, audio, graphics, and video for traditional media outlets and different social media platforms, we plan to give Media Education to various groups of youth, religious, teachers, formators, etc., with a special focus on Digital Media. As smartphones are in practically everyone's hands, we hope to train our target in content creation using smartphones. Social media marketing, writing for social media, user experience, media innovation, and podcasts will be some of the additional topics imparted to those interested.