Friday, August 12, 2011

BIS #2511 EDUCATING FOR A HAPPY LIFE IN DON BOSCO`S WAY

BIS Correspondent
WADALA, AUGUST 12, 2011:
Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic, the traditional three R’s are without doubt the essentials of learning. Don Bosco, a man with foresight and vision, took it a step further. If education was a tool to form ‘good citizens’, then there was also the need for the other three essential R’s – Rapport, Religion and Reason. These formed the pillars of Don Bosco’s educative system –the Preventive System.  These basic principles not merely taught, but they were also designed to truly educate. With this afore mentioned background, Fr. Peter Gonsalves introduced us to The DBWAY of education. 

The first two sessions of the morning dealt with the three schools of thought: Repression, Prevention and Expression.  The afternoon sessions focused on the Educative System of Don Bosco – the DB WAY. Fr. Gonsalves presented these sessions in his own inimitable style and kept the participants engaged right through the program. He showed us how Don Bosco’s educative system was a beautiful blend of Prevention and Expression.  There were discussions, interactions, stimulating video clippings, power-point presentations and deep personal sharing of experiences.

In a diverse society such as ours, we Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Jains, Parsis… or simply believers, have to work together and live in harmony.  For this we need to educate our children and youth to a life of honesty and integrity.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes and endures all things. Love is always the winner – an apt message by Fr. Gonsalves to conclude the day’s program.

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