(IJU, Lagos): The communities of St Joseph Omole and Mary Help of Christians IJU together organized a trimonthly recollection to end the year as a Salesian Family.
The recollection which comprised of Staff and Confrères of the two Salesian communities converged at Mary Help of Christians community to have this moments of Grace and fraternization.
The aim of the recollection which had: input, moment of reconciliation, evaluation of the year, mass and meal together, was to recollect, evaluate, and strategize for the new year and Mary Help of Christians community gave that conducive atmosphere.
We pray to invest spiritually on our staffs so that we journey not only with the young but also journey to heaven.
Onitsha Centre being a pilot Centre of Excellence will establish green club facilitated by the Centre Manager, Engr Fr Samuel Agudosi and an appointed Green Club facilitator at the Centre level.
A brainstorming session at country level on Green TVET initiative was undertaken by the PDO Coordinator of the antenna of Lagos – Rev Fr Maximus Okoro (Sdb) , Mr Cletus E. Linus and the Training Director of John Bosco Institute of Technology (JOBITECH) Onitsha – Engr Fr Samuel Agudosi (Sdb).
The Green Club will engage in awareness campaigns on green practices ad Intra and ad extra, lead the Centre in planning and celebrating world ecological celebrations, Green Don Bosco week, elaborate guide and manual for green practices that will be validated by Don Bosco Tech Africa.
The earth is our common home and we are all called to take care of it. This is in line with the Laudato Sii of Pope Francis.
(Nairobi – Kenya) -Eleven countries from the African and Madagascan Region within the Salesian Congregation have been selected to benefit from this program. The main topic of discussion is centered on the “Project Pillars”. One group of six is concentrating on the first and second pillars while the other is strategizing on the implementation of the “fourth pillar” of the project which is “GREEN TVET”
Five countries will benefit from this pillar with two specially chosen to be modern, world class and state of the art GREEN “CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE”. These CoE learning places will be where global environmental best practices will be taught and implemented in the two chosen countries. The other three countries will concentrate and be deeply involved in GREEN CLUBS and GREEN CULTURE activities.
Below are the five countries in GREEN TVET pillar:
- Nigeria – Centre of Excellence.
- Burundi – Centre of Excellence
- Madagascar – Green Club
- Angola – Green Club
- Kenya – Green Club.
JOBITECH Onitsha in Nigeria and Don Bosco TVET Centre Buterere in Burundi are the implementing “Centres of Excellence”
At the moment, serious deliberations, experience sharing, exchange of ideas and random brainstorming are taking place among the green TVET beneficiaries with Nigeria leading the English group and Burundi, the French group.
The introduction of these technologies in Don Bosco TVET in Nigeria will create a new awareness in our young people and other stakeholders. This will give birth to a new spirit of consciousness thereby awakening the mind to embrace this “new” reality.
Our young people will become Vanguards that will encourage and promote a healthier, greener and safer environment for themselves and future generations.
It is also expected that new jobs opportunities would be created in these areas for the benefit of young people.
Mr Cletus E. Linus
(MHC Iju, Lagos) – A Rosary circle in commemoration of the one hail Mary that started the work of Don Bosco with Bartholomeo Garelli was held at Mary Help of Christians at Iju.
On 8 December 1841, in fact, Don Bosco met Bartolomeo Garelli, a demotivated but resourceful boy. And so, with a simple Hail Mary recited together, on that distant 8 December 1841, the Salesian oratory began!
It is considered a HOME that welcomes, a SCHOOL that teaches (educates), a PARISH that evangelises in the faith and a PLAYGROUND that friends can meet and have fun.
The Salesian Oratory has been a place of fun and peace for many young people all over the world. Happy birthday Oratory!
Today marks the commencement of the “kick off workshop” of the Global Program organized by Don Bosco Tech Africa (DBTA). This program is sponsored by the German Government through its Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development in partnership with Don Bosco Mondo – Bonn Germany and DBTech Africa. It is currently taking place in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Nigerian Delegation of AFW is participating in the meeting through the Office of the Provincial Technical Vocational Education and Training (PTVET) Manager – Rev Fr John Paul Uchendu (Sdb) who is being represented by the National Job Service Officer (N-JSO). The PDO Coordinator of the antenna of Lagos – Rev Fr Maximus Okoro (Sdb) and the Training Director of John Bosco Institute of Technology (JOBITECH) Onitsha – Rev Fr Samuel Agudosi (Sdb) are also in attendance.
The Global Program consists of five main pillars which are:
– Capacity building
– Job Service Office
– Green TVET
It is expected that this program will greatly improve the quality and effectiveness of TVET delivery in our Training Centers, build a cleaner and greener environment and create jobs for our young people.
We appreciate the German Government, Don Bosco Mondo and and DB Tech Africa for this laudable initiative.
Mr Cletus E. Linus (N-JSO)
(Akure – Nigeria) – Friday 6th December was dedicated as a day of celebration at our Akure Youth Centre.
It brought together many young people to express holy joy the Don Bosco way.
They engaged in games as well as some dancing and singing.
We want to appreciate our animators for creating a fun event for young people in Akure.