In the afternoon, the material was handed to the participants who later took part in the opening ceremony during which the students of the Salesian school "El Sufragio" in Medellín staged a presentation that was able to bring together Colombian rhythms and theatrical performances, dancing and a flag parade. Besides welcoming the participants, it also showed the evolution of education from the traditional to the use of new technologies.
Later, Dr Cristián Cox gave the first presentation of the meeting entitled: "In what contexts does the Salesian School in America teach?". The rapporteur explained how the relations between traditional values and modern values affect the growth or decline of countries, emphasizing that education is expected today not only to meet the needs of the new times, but also those of the old structures. This means that they are to be renewed and updated to meet the needs of the new times.
The day ended with a moment of prayer in which the Sower was presented and the participants were invited to thank God for the Salesian school in America. At the same time, it was recalled that Don Bosco was able to infuse in the hearts of every young person a seed of hope and love and he made it grow and flourish.
This fourth ESA meeting advances the programme started in previous years at Cumbayá I and II and Brasilia 2008, where long-term operational lines were established, the results of which will be presented in the context of this event.
The meeting is taking place in the Province of St Louis Bertrand in Colombia-Medellín. It will continue until Friday 12 May, with a methodology that includes reports and interventions by experts, workshops and sharing of good practices developed at different schools in the Salesian Family on the American continent.