Anápolis (Brazil). On 18 November 2021, the Municipal Education Council of Anápolis, in the Goiás Region, Brazil, visited the students, the teaching and administrative staff of Auxilium College, managed by the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians of Mother Mazzarello Province ( BMM), with the aim of expressing recognition “for the invaluable contribution of Auxilium College to the education of the community of Anápolis, in its 83 years of existence.”
The motivation for recognition continues with these words:
“Auxilium College has formed, over the course of its history, many generations of children and young people through the principles of Don Bosco’s spirituality which are based on forming ‘good Christians and honest citizens’ and on educating by evangelizing and evangelizing by educating’.
With the mission of promoting the human person in its entirety, the educational-pastoral project of Auxilium College has always been guided by the construction of knowledge and the development of skills, attitudes, and values to form students to be protagonists and, through a Christian vision of world, to prepare them to respond critically to the challenges of the present.
This recognition, proposed by the Councilor and signed by the other members of the Municipal Education Council of Anápolis, thus highlights the didactic relevance of Auxilium College for the history of our Municipality.”
In 1938 the municipal authorities entrusted the Normal School of Anápolis to the administration and direction of the FMA, donating a plot of land with two houses for the school and for the community. Later, the sisters bought more land to expand the school.
The official foundation of the School took place on 3 February 1938, with the name of Normal School of Our Lady Help of Christians. Since 1943, it took the name of Ginnasio Auxilium, and since 1973, it has been Collegio Auxilium, with the education of children and young people in the area, from Kindergarten to High School.
Sr. Raquel Vieira da Luz, FMA, Institutional and Pedagogical Director of the Auxilium College, originally from Anápolis and former student of the School, accepted the recognition, expressing gratitude to the Municipal Education Council and to the whole Educating Community for the achievement of these 83 years of Salesian educational mission at the service of young people, networked with the institutions of the city.