Spain – A digital and inclusive school for the disadvantaged: “Don Bosco F5”

(ANS – Sevilla) – “Don Bosco F5” will be a digital, inclusive and supportive school, the first to be developed in Andalusia under the “Simplon.co” pedagogical model. It has already selected the first 25 participants who will be educated in the new technologies according to this model. This is a project born from the collaboration between the “Fundación Don Bosco” and the “Factoría F5”, which will be financed by the “Endesa” energy company. It is part of the activities developed by the “Fundación Don Bosco” in the “Polígono Sur” area of ​​Seville, considered one of Spain’s most vulnerable areas, where a large number of minors, young people and families are immersed in highly vulnerable situations, especially in terms of employment. The “Don Bosco F5” school project was born as a response to the crisis generated by Covid-19 to seek a strategic alliance between three leading realities in educational and social intervention, technological training and entrepreneurial commitment; and without forgetting that currently in Spain there are 12.3 million people in a situation of social exclusion (data from the tenth report on the population at risk of poverty or exclusion – AROPE) while there are over 56,000 vacancies in the technology sector...

Service to children first of all and in all circumstances. Digital experience of “DonBoScuola”

(ANS – Macerata) – At exactly 3 pm, for many years, every afternoon, at the Salesian oratory-youth center in Macerata, many children and young people gather for the “DonBoScuola”, a project that aims, on the one hand, to providing scholastic support to children who suffer from educational and non-educational poverty, with the aim of ensuring that they are accompanied in their daily study; and on the other, to increase the dynamics of socialization and inclusion through workshops and games. Even the “DonBoScuola” was affected by the pandemic and its consequences. But it hasn’t stopped them at all. As long as the situation allowed it, DonBoScuola continued its traditional activities in person: of the fifty children and young people enrolled, in compliance with all the regulations and safety requirements, thirty were welcomed every day, thanks to the daily support of five volunteers who supported the children in study and play. But on Macerata being deemed a “red zone” meant that the children could no longer reach the Salesian House. For this reason the Salesian educative-pastoral community, from Tuesday 9 March, has put all the energies available to start “DonBoScuola” in remote or distance mode: it has involved children aged 16 to...

To All Teachers, with Thanks

An old man meets a young man who asks: “Do you remember me?” And the old man says no.   Then the young man tells him he was his student, And the teacher asks: “What do you do, what do you do in life?”   The young man answers: “Well, I became a teacher.”   “Ah, how good, like me?” Asks the old man. “Well, yes. In fact, I became a teacher because you inspired me to be like you.”   The old man, curious, asks the young man at what time he decided to become a teacher. And the young man tells him the following story:   “One day, a friend of mine, also a student, came in with a nice new watch, and I decided I wanted it and I stole it, I took it out of his pocket. Shortly after, my friend noticed the flight and immediately complained to our teacher, who was you. Then you went to the class: ‘This student’s watch was stolen during classes today. Whoever stole it, please return it.’   I didn’t give it back because I didn’t want to. Then you closed the door and told us all to get...