In the speech given at the inauguration ceremony, which took place last 10 July, the Superior of the Vice Province of “Blessed Philip Rinaldi” of Haiti (HAI), Fr Jean Paul Mésidor, said: “Today we are happy to find ourselves in the situation of being able to continue believing in the future. If the present is uncertain, our presence here for the ENTEC inauguration expresses our determination to continue looking at the horizon to discover that ray of hope that will make us dream of a good Haiti, especially for her children. It is this optimism in the possibility of doing better and better that characterizes the work of the Salesians in Haiti these past 85 years.”
In fact, the Salesians in Haiti, in line with their commitment to the Haitian state, pursuant to the law of 5 June 1935, continue to be a stable and reliable collaborator in the field of vocational training. It is for this reason that now the spiritual Sons of Don Bosco intend to continue their collaboration with the national authorities - through the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training and with the National Institute of Vocational Training - in the context of the strategic development plan of the country and the new law on vocational training, as well as with a view to improving the quality of teaching and more specifically the formation of technical-vocational teachers.
The ENTEC, in particular, will favor the permanent and ongoing formation of teachers and educators of the technical-professional institutes and will endow them with solid pedagogical skills applicable to their sector. The intention is to establish a permanent body of formators at all levels, capable of maximizing the performance and internal efficiency of technical and professional institutes.
In this important and ambitious project the Salesians receive the support of various international friends, including the Spanish Cooperation, the Salesian NGO "Jóvenes y Desarollo" and the Autonomous Community of Madrid.