Bicentenary of Don Bosco's birth 1815-2015


“We are approaching the bicentennial of Don Bosco’s birth, which will be celebrated on August 16, 2015. It is a very special event for us, for all the Salesian Family, and for the whole Salesian Movement, which requires an intense and profound process of preparation, so that it may prove fruitful for all of us, for the Church, for the young, and for society.” Read More

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Salesians of Don Bosco East Africa


Salesians of Don Bosco

The Salesians of Don Bosco are a religious congregation of Brothers and Priests . The organization was founded in 1859 by Saint John Bosco. Don Bosco’s mission was clear and simple: to be a friend to young people who were poor, abandoned or at risk, and in so doing to be a friend to Christ. Wherever the Salesians work, our mission is the same, but its expression changes to suit the particular context. From schools, youth clubs, children’s homes working with street children; missionaries; chaplains in schools, colleges and universities and in parish work. Salesians of Don Bosco work in approximately 131 countries.

The Salesians of Don Bosco arrived in East Africa in 1980 and formed what is known today as the Salesians of Don Bosco East Africa Province (SDBAFE)


July 2014: Salesians and Lay collaborators comprising of 45 members from the PDOs of 12 provinces, Vice Provinces and Circumscriptions in African/Madagascar, representatives from the region of two Caribbean Countries - Dominican Republic and Haiti, representatives from Don Bosco Mondo Germany, Via Don Bosco Belgium and VIS gathered at DBYES for a 4 days international meeting. Fr. Americo Chaquisse the Regional councilor for Africa/Madagascar, Fr. Gianni Rolandi, the provincial AFE, the General Councilors Fr. Fabio Attard (Councilor for Youth Pastoral) and Fr. Guilermo Basanes (Councilor for Missions) are present for this important meeting. Mr. Ivan Toscan from VIS guided the meeting throughout the first day.

The discussions of the first day were focused on presentation of the PDO projects and the BTA initiative (BTA - Bosco Tech Africa). The discussions outlined the importance of understanding the Salesian VET systems in Africa and the importance of developing effective VET strategies in the strategic plan of the PDOs. Later during the day Mr. Pascal Annycke a Special Protection Expert from the UN presented the scope of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in creating informing employment for the youth in Africa. He noted that this sector which was for a long time termed as informal sector is now referred to as informal economy with about 80% youth in the developing world.

It is a sector which has no form of social protection and many people of the youth who work in this sector rarely have access to water and sanitation. With their low level of formal education, payments are normally very poor and generally, their skills are acquired at work. TEVET therefore is a source of growth in informal economy and it is a system that invests in raising the level of skills of the young people and adults inside this economy The representatives of Bosco Mondo and Via Don Bosco were also given a chance to present to the meeting their role of partnership in fostering TVET in Africa.

The second day:the focus was on two main lines of intervention. The first line of intervention concerned sharing good practices from two multi-actors in TVET actions. A representative of the government of Burundi and the PDO of Madagascar shared their good practices in developing a multi-actor approach in TVET actions. The second line of intervention was a reflection on the role of the PDO into co-planning of effective TVET development strategies. The presenters emphasized the shift in the concept in the concept of development among international organizations.

This shift is from a top down material assistance from the western world to a more participative and people oriented concept of development. An appeal was made to the Salesians to make use of their huge institutional potential to integrate and enrich this new vision of development for the benefit of their target group. The final day: this day was dedicated to drawing upthe conclusions after four days of intense discussions and deliberations.

The following points in summary form were the final conclusions of the BTA / PDO meeting held in Nairobi.

BTA FINAL CONCLUSIONS IN SUMMARY To create a collaborative structures and mentality by the two groups. PDO to help the BTA with the capacity building of the staff. To develop a common program on pedagogy, training, administration and staff targeting TVET To build up and develop TVET training centers To develop tools for a continuous training of TVET staff The structure or Organogram of BTA was prepared Finally to share a common success story at the end. PDO CONCLUSIONS IN SUMMARY To help PDOs put in place tools and methods to help them manage the offices To build the capacities of PDO staff so that they could perform and do their work professionally To help the PDO offices to come up with the strategic plan for the offices

To train the PDOs in how to conduct the needs assessment in the communities To work and support partnership in planning Three regions of PDOs were created and three regional coordinators/managers were appointed. The regions are divided as follows:

a. East Africa and South of Africa as one region
b. West Africa, Haiti and the Caribbean
c. Central Africa with Madagascar, Mozambique and Angola
d. To conduct trainings for the PDOs according to regions between August and September


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