San Pío V, José Benito Cotolengo y Nuestra Señora de África
The Marist School in Cham sees itself committed to the international heritage of the Institute’s founder, St. Marcellin Champagnat and over many decades has supported various Marist projects in poor countries. Due to these widespread contacts, a number of Brothers and others from the Marist Institute have come from all over the world to the Marist School at Cham to speak with the pupils at first hand about the culture, particular features and issues of their own countries. In this context, Renate Hacker (Cmi-Deutschland) and Rebecca Bromhead, representative of “Three2Six” also visited the school at Cham. For the pupils such a visit is always a recognisably interesting and exciting event.
This “Three2Six” project concerns itself with Sacred Heart College, Johannesburg in South Africa and specifically with pupils who either alone or with their families have fled from the war torn Central African States to South Africa where, impoverished and uprooted, they have no prospect of education or other child rights.
Rebecca Bromhead, representative of “Three2Six” who at the moment is in Germany, spoke in English to the Year 10 pupils about the situation of the child migrants and the help and support being offered to the young people at the Marist School. These young people are being cared for there and in the afternoons (Three2Six) receive classes in Mathematics, English and Life Skills.
In the course of these exchanges it became clear to the pupils that the movement of the migrants is not just from South to North, i.e. to Europe but also from North to South. They learned that the flight from poverty, war and terror is an international problem and demands an urgent and generous response.
The representative, Rebecca, pointed out to the pupils that the Marists, within the context of Compassion, had set up a project for young people, particularly former Marist pupils, to enable them to make a commitment to any one of their many establishments abroad. Any school leaver from the age of 18 can apply for such a position.
Such helpful involvement is not only a useful service to one’s neighbour but helps to broaden one’s own horizons and openness and is a proven method of character building. Of course, this requires a certain courage, but nevertheless the whole world lies open to the Marist pupils.