Africa, Institute of the FMA

CIAM meeting in Mozambique


Namaacha (Mozambico). The V Meeting of the Commission School/Vocational Training Centres CIAM took place in Namacha from the 19th to the 24th of August. Sr. Ruth represented our Pre- Province. The objective of the meeting was to continue the process of formation together – laity, FMA, Rectors, educators – in view of improving the quality education of education given in each one of our schools of every level and in the Vocational Training Centers. The emphasis was given to promoting an entrepreneurial mentality and to accompanying the development of our VTC with an innovative methodological approach.

The sharing of the journey of the different FMA Provinces on the commitments assumed in the previous meeting was very interesting. This journey concerned two specific points: the itinerary of formation FMA, laity and elaboration of the Identity Card School/VTC in each province in view of formulating one for the whole Africa and Madagascar. The work done in the different Provinces was rich and the sisters experienced the joy of building up together our Salesian Identity as FMA who believe in education as a tool to assure better life conditions for the new generations.
Three women from Mozambique, very competent in the topic mentioned above, have interacted with the group in a very interdisciplinary way in order to focus on the many changes that have taken place in Africa today. Their interventions pointed to strengthen the quality of the educative proposals for the youth who are in need of being helped to cope with the challenges, especially in the job environment.
The visit to the Superior Institute of Professional Formation “Don Bosco” of the SDB in Maputo was very encouraging and motivating. It is a Center built to assure quality formation for the instructors of the VTC.
The presence of Sr. Maria del Carmen Canales was very much appreciated. She proposed a reflection on the need of moving from searching job opportunities to create them: challenges and commitments in today’s world. She has encouraged all the participants to care for the formation of the youth especially in the area of working together, generating possibilities for new job opportunities and then to consider seriously all the topics of management: self-reliance, partnerships, social enterprises, etc…
The meeting was closed with a beautiful image taken by Sr. Maria del Carmen from Antoine Saint Exupery: “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea”.It is a clear invitation to renew our passion for the education of the young with the passion and tireless zeal of Don Bosco and Mary Mazzarello.

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