2020-11-25 GENERAL HOUSE

Br. Ernesto Sánchez participates in Webinar on the Global Compact on Education

The Superior General, Br. Ernesto Sanchez, participated on 17 November in the Webinar organised by the Education Commission of the UISG and the USG on the Global Compact on Education, where the book launched by the OIECLights for the Journey: Global Compact on Education” was presented, in which several Superiors General, including Brother Ernesto Sanchez Barba took part. In his intervention as a panellist, Brother Ernesto Sanchez Barba, Superior General, spoke about the specific contribution of the Marists to the Global Education Pact. He explained that “the first specific contribution of the Congregation of the Marist Brothers is to make us more aware of the need to walk together in the direction of co-creating a more humanised and more humanising society.  May so many educators (Brothers and a great number of lay men and women, whom we call “Marists of Champagnat”), present on the five continents, feel more and more part of a global movement, together with so many other Congregations, and religious and governmental Institutions”.

“We are challenged to ‘go beyond borders’, connecting better and better at inter-congregational level and with governmental bodies, including the educational system… (a challenge in several countries).  The Global Compact on Education aims to do this and will ask us to make further efforts in dialogue, connection, and participation.  And, of course, the transformation of the heart. Perhaps today we have more questions than answers; let us search together. Only together can we make this dream concrete,” said the Superior General at the end of his presentation.

Besides Br. Ernesto Sánchez, the panellists of the webinar were Fr. Pedro Aguado Cuesta (Superior General of the Escolapian Fathers and Coordinator of the UISG/USG Education Commission), Sr. Yvonne Reungoat (Superior General of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians), Br. Juan Antonio Ojeda Ortiz (Lasalle, Project Manager of the OIEC and Consultant to the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education).

The book Lights for the Journey: Global Compact on Education “, arises from the call of Pope Francis to build a global educational compact between all. The Catholic International Education Office (OIEC), together with other organizations and entities, has mobilized itself to gather the opinions of different people in the world, of the superiors general of religious institutions dedicated to education and of international experts, on what to do to overcome the difficulties and resistance in the face of this pact; what to change in education in order to build a more humane, fraternal, supportive and sustainable world; how to focus on people and educate them integrally from within; as well as other lights for the journey towards this alliance.



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