Monday, July 31, 2017

BIS #5178 SALESIAN YOUTH MOVEMENT ­ ANIMATORS VOW TO KEEP MOVING IT!

by Father Chris Valentino 

 

MUMBAI, JULY 31, 2017: The western region Salesians of Don Bosco, 46 youth ministry delegates and youth animators from Mumbai and Panjim-Konkan gathered for a three-day workshop on "Salesian Identity: Reliving the Charism through the Salesian Youth Movement," at the Don Bosco Matunga Campus from 26-28 July.

 

Father Glenford Lowe was the host convener, together with the Don Bosco Youth Services [DBYS] Matunga. The three-day programme commenced with an inaugural address by Father Godfrey D'Souza, Salesian Provincial Mumbai who invited the participants "to pass on the legacy of Don Bosco through imparting of Christ-focused values to the young."

 

Father Savio Silveira, Salesian Vice-Provincial Mumbai, journeyed back into the past, down memory lane to emphasise a determined relook at Don Bosco's focused perspective of Youth Ministry with a clear focus on setting an agenda, a needs-response assessment, objective goals and Don Bosco's peculiarly unique style of journeying with the young. Father Silveira challenged the delegates, saying, "We need to reflect on these key points for our ministry today by recognising and reinitiating Don Bosco's oratorian model as an ideal setting and hub for futuristic youth activity, with sustained processes and holistic formation of the young."

 

Editor of the world renowned Catholic monthly 'Don Bosco's Madonna' and acclaimed management trainer, Father Ian Doulton then dwelt on 'The Preventive System, Today' starting with an innovatively significant presentation on understanding teenagers in the new millennium, through comprehending the evolution of the 'Teenage Brain.' Clarifying concerns, queries and remarks from the floor, Father Doulton reiterated "the need for a renewed and reworked pedagogy in sync with Don Bosco's original pedagogical style which is a pedagogy of trust, a pedagogy of hope and a pedagogy of alliance!"

 

The multitalented musician-choreographer Joey Mendonza with his nymphic aides Nellita and Simona then livened up the auditorium with 'lights, music, action, make-up, art, drama, action' providing the Salesians and the young a powerful dose of unbridled enthusiasm, fun and frolic reinforcing the joy and optimism envisaged and propagated by Don Bosco!

 

Don Bosco South Asia National Coordinator for Groups and Social Experience, Father Robert Simon was the prime animating powerhouse on the penultimate day. Backed with his vast repertoire of accomplished accompaniment of the young at the local, national and global level, all the while drawing pertinent examples of various youth encounters across the globe, Father Simon immediately struck a chord with the eager participants infusing life and zest and arousing them from a sedated slumber to an awakened reperception of the Salesian Youth Movement!

 

He presented the actual situation of the young in a rapidly evolving world, saying, "The anthropological settings in which our young people live today is a key element in our outreach and accompaniment. Looking at the statistical data collated at the UN and the survey outcomes at the congregational level, we need to ponder on our methodology. What is our involvement, and to what extent does it impact all our activity-oriented settings, is a major question that each youth delegate/animator needs to grapple with," Father Simon said. Clearing the air about ill-informed pre-conceived notions and nullifying narrow assumptions, he reflected on the mandated Salesian Youth Ministry Frame of Reference [SYMFoR], focusing on Leadership and the SYM.

 

Thereafter, four of the special youth invitees, Marina DCosta, Annie Cardoz, Vivek DSouza and Abishek Thakore ruffled up the delegates with ignited passion whilst narrating their personal life-experiences on the manner in which their lives are interconnected with youth from other nations and youth movements across continents, in their 'grailic' quest for a more sustainable and better world.

 

Day three was an invite to 'ReThink from the Box', conceived and presented by Father Lowe, famed across the Salesian world as 'a man after the heart of Don Bosco!' A novel, info-educative and revitalising way of understanding the entire SYMFoR, through well-designed boxed cube, Father Lowe presented the Salesian Youth Pedagogy, Salesian Youth Spirituality with the four main thrust dimensions of 'education to faith, education and culture, vocational guidance and social experience', in a delightfully lucid manner. He invited the animators/delegates "to more proactively engage in continuing the dream of Don Bosco, live it in its totality, enthused and animated to be more visible, credible and relevant."

 

Speaking to BIS Mumbai, Father Simon shared, "The Salesian Youth Movement (SYM) is an umbrella movement made up of an interrelated combination of groups and associations that have some relationship to Don Bosco's pedagogy and spirituality. The main aim of this movement is to promote collegiality among the various groups and accompany the young people to know, understand and share the values of the Salesian Youth Spirituality, inspired by Don Bosco's recommendations for responsible living according to Salesian educational and pastoral principles. We have miles to go!"

 

Father Bastin Thomas from Jaitala-Nagpur said, "This was such an eye-opener for me. Just imagine that Don Bosco had conceived and lived this in the 1850s! If only, we begin to work at this, like it was presented these days, what a revolution it will be." Father Constantine Fernandes from Panjim added, "We should have been more of us at this workshop. Being here was like having our hearts aflame. I intend to go back and ensure that the fire that has started doesn't die down. Of course, we need to be more relevant and for that we need to walk the talk."

 

The three-day zonal programme was a typical Salesian of Don Bosco style workshop with football, films and the never-to-be-relinquished 'joie de vivre' in coming together, meeting, sharing and moving on to keep journeying with the young.

BIS #5177 TO GRANDPARENTS, WITH LOVE

by Cleric Chris Ferreira

 

NASHIK, JULY 31, 2017: The old adage 'grandparents are like grand angels', rung true on Parent's Day on July 27, as the Salesian novices of STI, Nashik visited the inmates of the Nirmala Home for the aged in Nashik , which is run by the Ursuline Sisters of Mary Immaculate.

 

The visit prompted scenes of joy as the novices interacted with the inmates, as they reminisced about the year's gone by. Those present felt that the love shared between inmates and the novices was similar to emotions felt when grandparents meet their grandchildren.

 

The novices and inmates sang songs like, 'I wanna grow old with you', 'When you say nothing at all', and 'Top of the world'. Father Jeffery Fernandes' STI brass band kept the elderly entertained. John Ben, a 94-year-old inmate, sang in a strong voice a lovely song which no one could identify. Josh Groban's 'You raise me up' played on the trumpet and clarinet, brought forth tears.  


Given that it's the Marian month, the novices had planned to gift little bookmarks to the elderly to cherish this day. They gifted their handcrafted bookmarks and received their blessings in return.

The meeting concluded with a happy game of housie. "God bless you, my son. You made my day," Molly D'Souza, an inmate, said, when she received a momento from one of the novices.

BIS #5176 TEACHING LIKE DON BOSCO

by Joyce D'Mello Fernandes

 

NAVI MUMBAI, JULY 31, 2017: Salesian institutions world-over have always stressed on the importance of Don Bosco's Preventive System of Education, which is essentially education based on  three pillars, namely reason, religion and loving-kindness. Teachers from Don Bosco Senior Secondary School, Nerul, attended a seminar – animated by Father Cletus D'Souza – to better understand the unique education system ideated by Saint Don Bosco on July 29.   

 

The day in the AV hall, began with a prayer song, followed by a brief welcome and introduction by the Principal, Father Donald Fernandes. Father D'Souza first made the participants open the school handbook and identify as many words as possible that could be classified as 'Bosco vocabulary'.

 

The gathering then discussed the words, after which the words were displayed on board. Father D'Souza then explained that the word 'educator' means to 'bring out' and hence it is the role of every educator to bring out the best in every child. He added that in order to do this, the educator must have a healthy spiritual quotient. This could be achieved by following the 'three moment capsule', which essentially means a minute to 'thank God', another minute to say 'sorry' and the third minute to 'ask.

 

Father D'Souza then discussed the subject matter of education, which is the 'child'.  The next session was on the three pillars of Salesian education, namely reason, religion and loving kindness. He illustrated how the repressive system of education of the past was a far-cry from the Preventive System. The Preventive System, as the name suggests, requires the educator to 'accompany' the child physically, which will eventually lead to spiritual accompaniment. 

 

Finally, the expressive system of education was explained wherein all educators must begin from wherever the students are, from what they love. Father D'Souza stressed that Don Bosco said, 'Love what the youth love…. Empathy rather than sympathy is the call of the hour.

 

Father D'Souza further stressed on the importance of using encouragement as an essential tool every day. His anecdotes laced with humour kept everyone glued to their seats and their minds wanting more.

   

"It was really enlightening and has helped me upgrade as a teacher.  I have realised that as a teacher our motive should be to help students grow as good human beings.  The heart of education is education of the heart, by the heart and from the heart," Clyde Fernando, the activity teacher, said.

BIS #5175 AVAILING GOVERNMENT SCHEMES FOR FARMERS

by Brother Sheldon Dias 

GUJARAT, JULY 31, 2017: Farmers in 16 villages of Chhotaudepur and Kawant in Gujarat have for long found it difficult to avail of a government provided farmer-welfare scheme, which provides manure and fertilisers, to help them increase their yield during the monsoon.    

During interactions with the farming community, the problem was brought forth, and it prompted Don Bosco Lok Seva Kendra (LSK) to apply for permission to become a distributor for the government in the region. 

Don Bosco LSK, in collaboration with the collector and the District Development Officer (DDO) LSK got the required permissions to distribute manure, after a tedious procedure that spanned seven weeks. LSK now distributes free manure and fertilisers worth Rs 14, 40,000 to 400 BPL farmers across 16 villages in the region of Chhotaudepur and Kawant, Gujarat.

Brother Ramesh Duirairaj said that the project was a pilot programme, which would create opportunities for bigger beneficial schemes for the farmers. The LSK members plan to develop the farmers and boost food and crop production in the state.

"The hard work and pain staking task of constant communication with the government seems worth the struggles when you see   so many farmers benefiting from the same," Karsan Yadav, LSK member, said.

Under the scheme, each farmer has now been given five bags of manure DAAP, AMN and urea. The farmers collected the bags from Don Bosco Chhotadeupur. "We are sure that Don Bosco LSK is always there for us through thick and thin. They fill the empty spaces between the government and us, and help us get what we deserve," Rathwa Magan Ramesh, a small-scale farmer from Janiyaran Village, said.

BIS #5174 IT'S RAINING AWARDS AT DON BOSCO HIGH SCHOOL, MATUNGA

by Perpetual Nazareth

MUMBAI, JULY 31, 2017: Matunga-based Don Bosco High School has for well over a decade been the bench-mark for other schools to follow in areas of sporting and academic excellence. The hard work and dedication, by the management, staff and students, has not gone unnoticed as the institution has been recognised for it's contribution to society.  

The Lions Club of Sion conferred the institution with the H T Mehta Rotating Trophy for the Best School in Sion, Matunga, and Dadar area securing the best aggregate results in the SSC examinations 2017. H R Shukla was awarded the Best Teacher's Award for his contribution in the field of education. "I feel proud receiving this award as a teacher of Don Bosco High School, Matunga," Shukla said.

In the sporting arena, the school secured the Jesal Niranjan Ganjawalla Trophy for the Best All-Round Boys School in Sports for a record 15th time, since its inception in the academic year 1998-99 by the Mumbai School Sports Association (MSSA). The school also won the Owen Ferreira Overall Football Championship 2016-17 for topping the Mumbai schools chart at the MSSA Football Championship.
 
"When you do something with dedication and pride in life you never want to give it up. For us at Don Bosco, Matunga, it is our sports, which is why we are in the 15th year as Champions and still moving ahead," Leslie Machado, the head coach, said. Barrington Serrao, the sports co-ordinator, added, "Our success is dependent on drive and persistence. The extra energy for us to make an effect or try another approach is the secret of our winning."

The students proved their spirit of generosity by contributing Rs 554165 towards the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund (AFFDF). Over the last couple of years, Don Bosco High School, Matunga, was the highest contributor towards AFFDF in Mumbai city and was picked up for special mention at the felicitation ceremony by the AFFD Committee Mumbai City. 

Father Bernard Fernandes, the principal of the school congratulated the entire Matunga team, saying, "These noteworthy awards reinforce our belief in a common vision, all round education and team work."

BIS #5173 DRAWING CLOSE TO MARY

by Samuel John

VADODARA, JULY 31, 2017: Don Bosco Vadodara, like many Salesian institutions is in the midst of celebrating a Marian month, which began on July 17 and is slated to end on August 15.

Father Tony Pinto, Rector of Don Bosco Vadodara inaugurated the special month dedicated to our by lighting a lamp, and garlanding the statue of Mary at Don Bosco Church. Events for the month have been organised by and for the youth of the parish, with the support of Father Jerome John, the youth chaplain, and youth animators.

A host of events have followed since the inauguration. They include a multilingual Rosary, with the rosary being recited in english, gujarati, tamil, malayalam and konkani. Furthermore events such as the lightening tournaments, Rosary of light, walk to the pilgrimage, Marian quiz, Marian singing, drawing, rangoli competitions and The Marian Nite' are slated to follow.

Addressing the gathering, Father Pinto appreciated the initiative of the youth in reviving the Salesian tradition of the Marian month. "After successfully organising the football and throwball tournaments, the enthusiasm with which the youngsters have got together for this spiritual initiative, indicates that the youngsters are moving ahead on the right track," he said.

He urged youth to entrust themselves and their activities to Mother Mary, saying, "All who are here, are not by chance but are drawn by Mary. So, let Mary lead the way."
 
Albert Thomas, the president of the youth group, said, "This initiative encourages youngsters to come together to play and pray, to organise events and to take up responsibilities, helping them to also be socially connected and active."

Daniel Robin, a youth member added, "The Marian month has brought in fellowship among us and also with priests." The parish, and youth in particular, now await the fun-filled final event of the month -The Marian Nite, which concludes the Marian month on August 15.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

BIS #5172 FOOTBALL UNITES GENERATIONS IN LONAVLA

by Allen Vincent

LONAVLA, JULY 29, 2017: In a bid to bring past pupils of Don Bosco School, Lonavla, together, the Past Pupils Association organised a 5-a-side indoor knock-out football tournament, for all the neighbouring schools, from July 21 to 23.

Winners took home prize money of Rs 11,000, while runner's-up Rs 7000 in each category. Don Bosco Team A trumped Ryewood International School, 4-3, to claim top honours in the U-14 category. Milan Chettri, a standard eight student from Don Bosco High School and Junior College scored eight goals, the most number in the category. Kaivalya Vidya Niketan and another Don Bosco team also participated in the category.

In the U-17 category, 16 teams participated, with Don Bosco A winning the final against another Don Bosco team, 3-0. Harshal Parab, a student of standard 12 Commerce was the top scorer in the category with 12 goals.

The U-14 category had four teams from the schools in Lonavla, two teams from Don Bosco, one team each from Ryewood International School and Kaivalya Vidya Niketan. The final was between Don Bosco Team A and Ryewood International School in which Don Bosco-A prevailed with the score of 4-3. Milan Chettri, a class eight student of Don Bosco High School and Junior College scored most number of goals in this category with eight goals. 

Matches in the open category were conducted on July 23, with over 31 teams participating in the tournament. Teams from Pune and Mumbai were also part of this extravaganza. 

Two teams from Kalina, namely Kalina Rangers A and B, made it to the finals. Since they both made the cut, they decided against competing and instead took home the cash prize that amounted to Rs 18,000 and the trophy. Tanmay Kantak, from the Lonavla Footbal Club, with 11 goals, was named the Player of the tournament in the Open category.

"Indoor football is one of the favourite and popular games in Don Bosco Lonavla and everyone who passed out from this institution have once in their life played this game. Hence this game was the means to get the older pupils back to school and reminisce about their school days," an organiser said. 

Chettri, a top scorer in the under-14 category, added, "It's a matter of pride to represent the school and win the title for the school. It feels good to be the top scorer. Football is my favourite game and supersedes everything for me."

BIS #5171 HELPING PARENTS HELP THEIR CHILDREN

by BIS Correspondent 

 

MUMBAI, JULY 29, 2017: Around 30 parents of children who frequent Shelter Don Bosco's open shelter attended the monthly meeting on July 27 aimed at encouraging parents in instilling the importance of education in their children.  

 

The meeting was a part of the monthly meeting that is held for the parents every month to instruct them on pressing issues. Kailash Pawar, principal of Satabdi Solah BMC school was invited to speak to the parents on the occasion. He had an interaction with the parents about the hard work done by the staff in the school and also elaborated on the admission process.

 

Pawar further spoke about the various requirements expected of the students, including the development a child undergoes because of proper education. Parents were advised about providing a peaceful environment for the children to study well. He encouraged them to send their children to Shelter Don Bosco every day to study.

 

According to Albert Bhandare, an educator present at the meeting, one of the key reasons for the boys' disinterest in studies is the lack of importance given by their parents to their studies. In order to overcome this issue, it was necessary to instruct the parents on the matter.

 

Bhandare conducted a session, with the help of a power point presentation, on the ways in which they can help their children in their daily studies. He charted out simple steps for them to follow, like asking them every day what they learnt, asking the child to teach the mother to read or write, giving respect to their books and study materials, making sure they go to school every day, asking the teachers how he is performing in school and being strict with them in matters of studies.

 

With the help of the saying 'Good behavior is not taught, they are caught', Bhandare requested the parents to be good role models, so that the youth could model themselves. He also asked them to set up parenting goals, which they could achieve in a particular period of time, and work towards achieving them. "It was an eye-opener for me. I am ready to do anything for my son to get educated," a parent said. Other's expressed similar sentiments.

BIS #5170 DON¹T LET TAX, TAX YOU

by Himshweta Dubey 

 

MUMBAI, JULY 29, 2017: Do taxes tax you? What is the difference between sales and income tax? Why are taxes important? Students of St.Joseph's High School, Wadala, found the answer to these questions and much more tax-related trivia in a seminar on taxes, conducted by income tax officer, B Kamath, on July 24.

 

Kamath began by looking at the history of the Indian taxation system, before discussing why it is mandatory for citizens of India – who earn above a certain sum, to pay the taxes. He summed up the different kinds of taxes levied, like individual tax, H.U.F., R.F., Co., A.O.P. and the ways in which people can generate tax through salary, house rent, by the way of profit from business or profession or even by means of capital gain. 

 

He explained how the tax is collected and deposited in the government treasury from where it is used for the welfare of the people. "The money given in the form of tax, comes back to the people for their own well - being," Kamath said.

 

The school also organised a poster making and slogan writing competition for students across classes on the tax issue. The seminar ended with a vote of thanks by Father Godfrey D' Sa, the principal and a question-answer session, where students had their doubts cleared. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BIS #5169 POLICE DIDI

by Lynette Sequeira

 

MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2017: Police personnel from the MHB police station in Borivli conducted an awareness drive on 'good touch' and 'bad touch' at Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Borivli, entitled 'Police Didi', for the students of standard five to seven on July 25.

 

AIP More and Lady Constable Bhoir animated the awareness programme, which is part of a campaign taken up by the police department to help youth recognise dangers in society and in turn inform school and police authorities thereafter.

 

Through an interactive question and answer session and a number of videos, cartoons and animations, the children were taught about 'How to Be Safe' and 'How to Recognise Danger'. 

The boys were told about who they could trust - their 'Bodyguard'; and how they must always talk to their parents and teachers openly, without any shame or fear, whenever they sense any kind of physical danger.

 

The students were also briefed on how to react if they encounter any sudden and unexpected events. They were told about how the police department, were available by dialing 100 and the Childline helpline number 1098 was always at their service. 

 

The initiative taken up by the MHB police station was greatly appreciated by the school management, as it has equipped the students with important coping mechanisms and assured them that they always have someone to turn to in their time of need.

BIS #5168 NURTURING THE LEADERS OF TOMORROW, TODAY

by Perpetual Nazareth

 

MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2017: In a bid to produce dynamic and efficient leaders, Don Bosco High School, Matunga organised an overnight camp for their student council at Don Bosco High School and Junior College, Lonavla on July 22.

 

Father Roy Noronha, the vice principal of the school, along with the student council teachers in-charge animated the camp with the objective of aiding students in developing values essential for leadership.

 

Father Roy began the programme by distributing a sheet with instructions to all the groups titled 'Instructions Comprehension Testing'. The students started working on the assignment without fully comprehending the idea. Father Roy then brought forth the concept of understanding any situation fully before plunging headlong into action, thus making the leaders realise that if they need others to follow their instructions, they should first learn to follow instructions themselves.

 

As a part of the camp activities, a host of games like 'Obey the Leader', 'Switch', 'Icebreakers' were played with time pressure to develop decision making skills. The games explored their creativity and uniqueness as a leader as well as examined their own personal values and debate the idea of power. They were required to brainstorm, plan in a team environment, develop flexibility and adjust to the different needs of their members. They learnt to collaborate and build rapport.

 

A trek to Tungarli dam offered the student leaders a perfect break from their mundane routine. The dam placed in the backdrop of scenic surroundings with lush greenery helped the youth relax. In another session, the leaders met in groups and discussed the duties and responsibilities their position demanded. The activity helped them understand their own motivation and values.

 

Father Bernard Fernandes, the Principal and Father Crispino D'Souza, the Rector, paid a visit which further encouraged the students. Father D'Souza wished them the best and asked them to make effective use of all they learnt at the camp.

 

"This camp has helped us in strengthening our character by sharpening our communication skills and solidifying our confidence through the different games," Siddhartha Gupta, a captain, said.

 

"I am enriched with experience and wiser with the lessons learnt that one should not assume, instead read and identify clearly," Varun Bhatia, another leader, added. Samay Shetty, a student of the Working committee, remarked, "We, the students of standard 10 were told to be an example to the juniors as the motto of the student council is to lead by example."

 

Daksha Tandel, the teacher-in-charge said that the camp had a life-changing impact on the youth. "I hope they use all that they have learnt to become emphatic and confident leaders," Tandel said.

BIS #5167 SKILLED FOR LIFE

by Father Bento D'Souza

 

KARJAT, JULY 26, 2017: Twenty-two electricians, aged between 18 and 25, completed their short-term course on the basics of electrical management, which included practical hands-on training from April to July at Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha, Karjat, in an effort to have a livelihood skill for job employability in industrial and civil society.

 

The three-month course taught the young electricians about the basics of electricity, electrical accessories, circuits, wiring, electrical meters, earthing, home appliances, inverters and handling of electrical tools.

 

The youth, all of whom were from low-income families, hailed from Kolam, Panvel, Neral and Khopoli. The course, now in its 23rd edition, has trained a total of 462 electricians. Ninety per cent of these young electricians were placed in Pune and Mumbai after completing the course.

 

Father Montrose Rodrigues, Director of Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha said, "Three months ago when they arrived the electrical students were so afraid of even reading marathi and when it was their turn to speak in public during the morning assembly, they would not come to school, but now they have changed."

 

"In my last three years here, no group before has thought of gifting us something. This time we were gifted with a beautiful wall clock to show their gratitude and appreciation for our service in empowering their lives. This is a significant gesture from this batch of students who leave us at DBYS, Karjat, for job placements," Father Rodrigues added.

 

Ganesh Bhopi, the center coordinator, said, "All the boys were day scholars and were slow to imbibe the discipline, but slowly they began to follow the rules and guidance. They took part in community service, planted two hundred tress and helped to mobilise the next batch of fifteen new day scholars. "

 

Sachin Farat, the new teacher-in-charge, added, "Only three students dropped out, the reason being that the drop-outs started  attending  regular college studies. After a course like this, it is assured that the students will not starve of hunger and have a regular source of income. Any electronic equipment needs the use of electricity. Insisting on safety-first is the top-most priority in this field of work."

 

"It was a learning experience that I will never forget. I made a lot of new friends in the process," Tushar Patel, a student said. Other's echoed a similar sentiment saying that the course would help them to secure a brighter future.

BIS #5166 GRANDPARENTS ARE SPECIAL

by Alareen Fernandes 

 

MUMBAI, JULY 26, 2017: Grandparents are special! In a bid to make the elderly feel that way, Don Bosco High School, Matunga hosted Grandparent's Day for the grandma's and grandpa's of the students of standard one to four in the Bianchi Hall on July 22.

 

Nearly 300 grandparents attended the special celebration, which began with a welcome song by the boys of standard three and four. This was followed by the lamp ceremony led by the Principal, Father Bernard Fernandes, Head Teacher, Griselda Fernandes and some grandparents.

 

The school captain, Rudra Shetye, welcomed all the grandparents through a reflective speech. Tiny tots from standard one presented an action song and standard two students performed a graceful dance to keep their grandparents amused. The venue was decorated for the occasion, with the teacher's ensuring the stairways, entrance, stage, backdrop, and invites were all well coordinated. 

 

"Grandparents are an important part of each person's life and I am very happy to be here on this occasion," Sequeira, a grandparent, said. "I truly appreciate the school for giving us this opportunity to come and enjoy this day. Thank you very much for remembering us," Ravin, another grandparent, added.  


Before the event ended, the grandparents penned their thoughts about the programme, which were displayed on the board for all to read. "At Don Bosco Matunga, we are constantly striving to bring more and more people into our fold, to be a part of our extended family. Grandparents' Day is one such step in this direction," Fernandes, the head teacher, said.

BIS #5165 DON BOSCO YUVA SANSTHA BAGS AN AWARD

by Father Bento D'Souza 

 

KARJAT, JULY 26, 2017: Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha (DBYS) bagged the third place – from among 16 other Raigad-based NGOs - in an evaluation of skill development, employability and entrepreneurship projects under Pramod Mahajan Kaushillia Vikas Abhiyan at Sanguli on July 15.


Bhopi Ganesh, the central coordinator and other staff of DBYS, Karjat accepted the certificate and medallion on behalf of the institution, before an audience of hundred youth and instructors. DBYS is currently home to 73 non-formal technical students, being trained under the DBYS Karjat skill development programme. It is open for any unskilled youth between 18 and 25, looking to develop a skill in order to find a job and begin a career. 

 

The event was held in Panvel Pace Training centre, under the mentorship of SG Pawar, the assistant director of Skill Development, Entrepreneurship and Guidance Centre, Alibaug and SB Angane, deputy director, Mumbai division. Larsen and Toubro's Pratham bagged the first place, while Pace training centre finished second. A special award was also given to Pillai training centre, Rasoini. 

 

DBYS has been recognised for its contribution often. During the provincial team visit on July 16, Father Savio Silveira, vice provincial of Salesian Mumbai province, had presented an award to the Director of DBYS, Father Montrose Rodrigues for his contribution.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

BIS #5164 A SALESIAN IS NEVER TOO OLD TO PLAY

by Brother Sheldon Dias 

 

CHHOTAUDEPUR, JULY 25, 2017: Twenty-seven teams comprising of 243 youth from across Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, participated in the 7–a-side Past Pupil Cup at the Don Bosco Chhotaudepur football pitch on July 23.

 

The tournament – with an aim to provide an inclusive platform to both present and past pupils – drew youth in their numbers to rejuvenate the Salesian spirit. The tournament, a festive gathering of students of Don Bosco institutions in and around Gujarat, was organised by the past pupils of Don Bosco Chhotaudepur under the guidance of Brother Ramesh Durairaj.  


The tournament kicked off with an exhibition match between the students of standard six and nine. The first round was held on a knock-out basis, after which the remaining teams were divided under four leagues. A round robin format followed, which eventually led to a 'Champions League' final where CFC Don Bosco edged out Don Bosco Snehalya 1-0 on penalties to claim the title. 

 

The CFC Don Bosco team consisted of the past pupils of Chhotaudepur 2014 batch. They gifted the cash prize of Rs 5000 to the institute for encouraging the present generation in sports. "The team spirit was fantastic," Ganesh Rathwa, a member of the wining team, said. "All the pupils supported each other really well and the day has marked a brilliant end retaining the title for us."


"We were thrilled to host the 7-a-side Cup once again following the success of the event in previous years," Brother Durairaj, said. Vijay Rauji, past pupil of the institute now currently working with Reserve Bank of India, sports department, was the chief guest at the event. He said, "Don Bosco has always catered to holistic formation of every individual and students like me are examples of its success. Yes, it has been an important part of my life. Thanks to all the fathers and brothers who made this difference in my life."

 

Father Charlin Chandran from Alirajpur was invited to represent all the Salesians - priests and brothers - from the region, who joined in the game too. "Sports is really a powerful means, to unite all of us under the banner of Don Bosco, " Father Chandran said.

BIS #5163 INSPIRING GIRLS TO BECOME ENGINEERS

by Mehtab Shinde

 

PUNE, JULY 25, 2017: Twenty- seven girls of Don Bosco High School, Pune, attended a career guidance course conducted by the telecom giant Ericsson at Giga Space, Pune on July 21.

 

An eight-member human resources team of the company led by Pradnya, organised and animated an interactive session on telecommunications, especially for girls to enhance female contribution in the IT field.  They began with dividing the girls in three equal teams with three different colour bands.

 

The groups were then taken to different stalls to study the working system of Ericsson and other telecommunication companies. Anushka, Atul and Kanika, currently working with the company as engineers, taught the girls about evolution of the concept of generations from 1G to 4G. There were other stalls that touched on the history and innovations of Ericsson.

 

In the second session, the girls were taken for a short visit to the different floors of the office where they learnt about the different facets of the company.

 

"It was a wonderful experience, the workspace and their system of working has really impressed me, I always wanted to take science after tenth but now I will ensure that I will take up subjects that are necessary to take up engineering after twelfth," Fatima Shaikh from standard 10, said.

 

"It's a pleasure sharing our experience with such young enthusiastic girls who are so inquisitive and I am sure soon we will step into 5G when you join us," Rajesh, from Ericsson, said. The students finally departed with goodies and certificates of participation on behalf of Ericsson, Giga Space.

BIS #5162 ELECTRICIANS COOL OFF AT THE WATERFALL

by Father Bento D'Souza

 

KARJAT, JULY 25, 2017: Ninety four non-formal technical students of Don Bosco Yuva Sanstha (DBYS)and Mountain eco–spirituality adventure camp embarked on a trek to Vadapgav's waterfall mountain on July 22 to mark the end of the 22nd Training course for electricians at DBYS in Karjat.

 

Forty-six electricians, 18 refrigeration and air conditioning students, 13 welding students and 17 foundation students were part of the group that set out for the day-long picnic.  

 

The monsoon splash in the waterfall ended with the group enjoying the speciality of Karjat, namely vada pav and tea. In all, 440 student electricians have got trained at the institute in a span of three months. Many have been successfully placed.

  

Following the picnic, 22 electrical students were felicitated at the morning assembly. Students sang the Bollywood tune, 'Chalte Chalte mera ye geet yad rakhna', to bid farewell to the class of 2017. 

BIS #5161 SCIENCE ON A TRAIN

by Himshweta Dubey 

 

MUMBAI, JULY 25, 2017: Students from standard seven of St. Joseph's High School, Wadala visited the Science Train Exhibition, which is the first ever mobile-science exhibition, held at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus on July 20.

 

The 16-coach train stationed on platforms 10 and 11 was fitted with exhibitions on various themes, including biodiversity, wildlife conservation and temperature change. It gave students the opportunity to conduct experiments and participate in various environment-themed games.

 

The Department of Science and Technology organised the novel event to raise awareness about climate change. Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu had inaugurated the exhibition in New Delhi on February 19.

 

The students from St. Joseph's alongside their teachers Mansi Chavan and Manali Bhanushali reached the iconic train station at 9:45 am. They were taught concepts like biotechnology, diversity and adaptations. It was a knowledgeable experience for the young lads.

Monday, July 24, 2017

BIS #5160 DEVELOPING A SCIENTIFIC TEMPER

by Perpetual Nazareth

 

MUMBAI, JULY 24, 2017: Around 300 standard eight students from Don Bosco High School, Matunga, along with their teachers, had a celestial experience on July 20, as they embarked on a star-gazing mission to the Nehru Science Centre, Worli as part of an experience to enjoy the basic principles and marvels of science and technology.

 

Given that – on July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong, had first stepped foot on the moon, the Science centre gave students an interactive show on the moon. The moon was projected on a giant animated 3D earth globe. This globe appeared to be floating in mid-air and even rotated on its axis.


"The show was fascinating. I came to know how the moon was formed, why it is spherical in shape and why it has craters," Craig D'Souza, a student, said. "We saw our planet Earth displayed as a giant 3D sphere. The oceans and our continents all looked so real."

 

"The information given in science on a sphere, about the moon made the students more curious to learn about our solar system," Nikki Sharma, a teacher, added.

 

The Science film "Alaska: Spirit of the Wild" was also screened and it took the students into the world of cold- where the director explored its rich history, varied wildlife and harsh climate. 


The film featured an abundance of Alaskan wildlife including the moose, bears, sea-lions, wolves, caribou and humpbacked whales. The 30 minute film was a perfect example of merging education with entertainment.

 

"I learnt a lot about the wildlife in Alaska, how they live in hibernation and also how they hunt for their food," Boris Fernandes, a student, said. "The movie on Alaska was an eye opener on how different species are becoming extinct due to global warming," a teacher added.

Friday, July 21, 2017

BIS #5159 VOCATIONAL EDUCATION FOR BMC NIGHT SCHOOLS

by BIS Correspondent

 

MUMBAI, JULY 21, 2017: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS), Matunga completed a Vocational Education Programme for more than 400 children, from 17 Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) run night schools in Mumbai from October 2016 onwards.

 

The project was in collaboration with MASOOM organisation and included electrician, mobile repairing, beautician and two-three wheeler repairing courses. Night schools usually operate from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm and serve migrant and working class population.

 

DBDS staff conducted this programme twice a week for two hours each at all night schools. Students were motivated and eager to learn new skills. In addition to the experience gained, the programme also provided students with an extra income through DBDS placement assistance in the respective fields.

 

School dropouts and unemployed youth got a chance to equip themselves with skills required for employment. Youth already working got a chance to upgrade their pre-existing skill sets. Another positive result of the vocational education programme was that it saw an increase in the regular attendance of the night schools.

Father Rolvin D'Mello, executive director – DBDS, specially thanked Royal D'Souza and the entire outreach department of DBCL, Kurla (Mumbai) for supporting DBDS team in the implementation of this project.