2021-09-07 COLOMBIA

Meeting of directors of Marist schools

The directors of the 15 Marist schools of Colombia, Province of Norandina, met in person from the 18th to the 20th of August in the premises of the provincial administration, with the aim of reflecting on the situation of the educational institutions at this time when classroom activity has been reactivated.

At the opening of the meeting, Brother Orlando Escobar, Provincial Animator, invited them to continue to be beacons of light in the midst of their communities, after the changes brought about by the pandemic crisis, and thus to continue the legacy of Saint Marcellin Champagnat.

The day began with an exchange of experiences about the development of educational projects in specific areas such as Religious Education, Mathematics, English and others.

While maintaining strict bio-security measures, the directors joined various working groups, sharing personal experiences of the last few months, as well as the change implied in the execution of academic activities by means of virtual education.

The teachers expressed their delight at this opportunity to meet again after two years, all in an atmosphere of fraternity and Marist unity: “It is an opportunity to celebrate life, it is an experience which has always been very significant for us because it enriches our work, day after day, in the educational institutions”, commented Diana Lozano, director of the Colegio Soledad Torres Acosta situated in Bogota.

On the third day of the meeting, Brother Leonardo Yepes, National Education Coordinator, presented the “Inspiring Guidelines for the Educational Mission in the Province of Norandina”, a document that seeks to provide pedagogical guidelines and to serve as a reference for the necessary adjustments in the different educational projects.

Finally, with these inspiring guidelines, Brother Leonardo invited the educators participating in this meeting to respond to the needs of children and young people by combining three key concepts: Evangelisation, Solidarity and Education.


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