Rome (Italy)  On 24 and 25 July 2020 the annual meeting of the heads of the schools in the SEPSUR School Sector was held with the representatives of the Youth Ministry of the CICSAL Interprovincial Conference of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians and of the CONO SUR Region of the Salesians of Don Bosco, consisting of 11 Provinces of four countries: Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The meeting, in online mode, saw the participation of 25 participants.

The theme – “Educational strategies focused on young people that foster inclusion and innovation” – called on the participants to share the experiences of this time of the Covid-19 pandemic with the challenges ahead for inclusive and innovative education.

In the initial greetings from the General Councilors for Youth Ministry – Fr. Miguel Ángel García SDB and Sister Runita Borja FMA – and from the Representatives of the Area, and from the Department for Youth Ministry for the American continent – Sister Ivone Goulart Lopes and Fr. René Antonio Santos – the importance of dialogue emerged to pool not only good practices, but also deep convictions such as Salesian Schools, to ensure an integral educational proposal, despite current uncertainties.

Daniel Halpern, journalist and lecturer at the Pontifical University of Chile in Santiago de Chile, deepened the theme of current educational strategies with an intervention entitled: “How to teach at a distance while maintaining proximity?”.

Each Province presented its Formative Proposals: the most suitable Formation or Qualification Courses or Programs for educators, teachers, and managers already implemented or anticipated, in particular by ESA IV and the 4 axes.

The presentation of the Good Accompaniment Practices in the current context was significant for effective classroom management, with attention to the educational needs of the students and making the educational and pastoral processes in the Salesian Schools current, based on the Preventive System.


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