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Father Fabio Attard SDB addresses participants at the 4th National Education Conference in India

By Father Bivan R. Mukhim  - 1 Comments
Guwahati, Nov. 6. Dr (Fr.) Fabio Attard, General Councillor for Youth Ministry, Rome hoisted the conference flag and released  balloons at the inauguration of the conference at Don Bosco School, Guwahati.
On Saturday November 05, the delegates were welcomed at the gate of Don Bosco School, Panbazar by students who wore Northeast traditional dresses and the students of Don Bosco School who accord warm welcome to the sound of the dhols and the rhythm of Bihu. Each of the participants was welcomed with a Bodo Aronai.

Father Fabio Attard, General Councillor for Youth Ministry, Rome gave the inaugural address of the day on ''Salesian Education: Preparing a global citizen in the Don Bosco Way'' (Profile of the Don Bosco School, Principal, Teacher and the Student). He stressesd on the Education system of Don Bosco known as the ''Preventive System''. He said, ''in my experience in these last years, sharing and reflecting with so many Salesians and lay collaborators around the understanding and application of the Preventive System, I notice two things: the first one is that many of us have been formed to look at the Preventive System simply as a technique to be applied with the students. Second, is about the need to be careful, about the faithful application of the Preventive System, as much as we need to be even more watchful when instances of the use of the repressive system take place.'' He also added that the Don Bosco educational journey is not about an individual, solitary expedition. It is being together, sharing in a coordinated project, made up of different processes, being the result of a common search for understanding and sharing of the gifts of all.

The second session by Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, Archbishop Emeritus of Guwahati on the theme ''Don Bosco Schools: Preparing Young Minds for a Corruption Free Society. He said, ''Don Bosco was ahead of his times when he based his system if education on ''Reason'', ''Religion'' and ''Loving Kindness'' ''Most people think they fulfill their social responsibility best when they denounce the evils they see in society. They forget that they can take on a tone of self-righteousness in this approach, and that what really matters is to do what is possible to remedy the situation. This is Don Bosco's Way,'' Archbishop Thomas added.
Father Joseph Manipadam, National Secretary, Education, CBCI, India enlightened the participants on the topic ''Challenges to New Education Policy, Government of India''

Dr. Dhrubajyoti Saikia, Vice Chancellor Cotton College State University, Assam chaired the Panel Discussion on Profiles of a DB Teacher, DB School, DB Principals, DB Student. At the beginning of the Panel Discussion, he stressed on the preference taken by the delegates to attend the conference and to all the Don Bosco Principals who came to share, get acquainted with each other and discuss on common platform the ever changing need of the 21st century education. Dr. Dhrubajyoti said, ''In the age where student were exposed to the rise of different technology and media exploitation, not only the teacher faces a huge challenges, Don Bosco School organization as well by trying to keep up with the evolving changes in society and focus on teaching with the student whose need of cannot be fulfill simply within the classroom and institutions.''

In the evening, the participants were enthralled by the cultural Razzmatazz of the Northeast. Mr KV Eapen, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Assam and a Past Pupil of Egmore Don Bosco School was the Chief Guest. He said that what he liked most in his school days is the emphasis on values and doing things in the right way. He recalled the contributions of Don Bosco to the field of education and said that what he is today is because of the education received through DB method and system of education. ''The values that I imbibe from my school have become my guiding principles and Moral Science subject is the hallmark of Don Bosco education system,'' he said.

Padmashree Dr Kiran Seth, Professor Emeritus, IIT Delhi and Founder of SPICMACAY spoke on 'Education towards National Integration and Promotion of Cultures.'
Shri Derek O'Brien, MP and National Chief Spokesperson of Trinamool Congress, West Bengal spoke of Education: A Response to Emerging India and a tool for creating Socio Political Leadership. Shri Sushil Ramola, Social Enterpreneur, Co-founder MD, B-ABLE spoke on 'Leading Change in 21st Century.'

The afternoon session on Sunday November 6, was a Business Session. Ms. Sunita K. Bhuyan, Renowed Violinist and Social Activist spoke to the participants on Leadership, Change and Empowerment through her music skills. She said that music can help the students to develop interest in learning.

At the end of the three day education seminar the participants rededicated to commit to the cause of education. They renewed the commitment to provide quality education to youth especially to rural and marginalized youth.

The participants on Monday 7th November will get the taste of visiting the Kingdom of Bhutan. The conference was organised under the able leadership of Father VM Thomas, Provincial Guwahati, Fr. MC George, Conference Secretary, Father Johnson Parackal, Organising Secretary and Father Sabastian Mathew, Joint organizing secretary and treasurer.
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Sudikshit Roy Barma India
November 08, 2016

A great event for Don Bosco schools all over India

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