NASHIK, AUGUST 10, 2011: In an attempt to interpret Don Bosco’s educative system for our times in a manner that is both faithful and creative, Fr. Peter Gonsalves conducted a one day session for the forty two teachers of Don Bosco High School, Nashik based on his latest book Don Bosco’s Way popularly known as “DB Way”.
After the brief introduction and words of welcome by Fr. Diego Nunes, the Principal, Fr. Gonsalves took the floor. With the help of various audio visual aids and group discussions he did a comparative overview of the three different methods of educating: the repressive, preventive and expressive methods. While explaining the each system he dealt with its history, philosophy, relationship pattern, pros and cons and effects on the life of youngsters.
In the second session of the day Fr. Peter went on to show how Don Bosco’s educative style was a combination of both Preventive and Expressive methods of education. According to him “DB Way is holistic education that responds to the students three basic needs: emotional, rational and spiritual”. He added that “Don Bosco’s system of presence as well as his practical insight, charm and charisma could be translated into three essential components of holistic growth called Rapport, Reason and Religion also known as attitudes of loving kindness, reasonableness and religious integrity”. Highlighting the importance of Presence on the part of the educator he characterized it as a presence that welcomes, motivates, is personal, based on sound moral values, is creative and networks with people of good will.
Fr. Gonsalves concluded by saying that the DB WAY consists of two parts: the ‘Presence’ as ‘the body’ which is the visible part of the educational method and ‘Rapport, Religion and Reasons’ as ‘the Root principles’ of the system. If followed properly the educators can help the youngsters ‘soar high’ as they accompany them in their growth journey.