Portugal – Salesians of Estoril develop “Salesian Digital Oratory” to continue accompanying young people

24 February 2021

(ANS - Estoril) - With proposals for activities segmented by age group, the Salesians of Estoril have developed a "Salesian Digital Oratory" in response to the challenge posed by the interruption of normal school activities due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To promote the physical, psychological and spiritual well-being of children, young people, and their families, the local Salesian institute has prepared a program of educational, recreational and playful activities, led by Salesian students and educators.

Education is a tool that is used to face the challenges that arise in life. Resilience, especially in these times, seems to have become the watchword. For this reason, in the face of the alarm generated by the current context of education, and the consequent social call to action, educators know that they must give primacy to what has the most value. And so, in a charismatic way, in response to the challenge of interrupting school and other activities, the Salesian Digital Oratory was born.

“The Oratory was a response of proximity to students and their families, capable of conferring the perception of social support, of promoting hope, of warming the soul and of mobilizing essential resources for physical, psychological and spiritual. Inspired by the month that celebrates our Patron Saint, and trying to give color to a project that had already been conceived, we witnessed a reconciliation of synergies that led us to believe that the path would be this: to replicate the Oratory of Don Bosco adapted to contemporary reality and needs,” explained the Salesians of Estoril.

Stimulated by the objective of doing more and better, the activities have been designed in the most diverse ways and areas of knowledge: informal learning, oriented to the essential art of learning to be happy.

Sports, music, science, emotions, spirituality, arts, cooking, social networks, study methods and techniques, games, photography… All this and much more occupied the days of students and young people. The activities were segmented by age groups, from 4 to 18 years, to ensure greater adaptability to the diversity of the participants.

The interactions between educators and participants exceeded initial expectations, reinforcing the certainty that, by working together, it is possible to overcome all difficulties, and to learn and continue to grow at the rhythm of the heart.


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