A seminar for the Rectors and Principals of schools, colleges and technical institutions of the province was held at the Provincial House (Bangalore) on October 31 and November 01, 2009. It was an initiative of the school commission of the province. 30 confreres participated in the seminar. Rev Fr Thomas Anchukandam, the provincial, in his inaugural talk spoke about the need of making an impact in the society especially in the field of education. He challenged the principals and managers to tone up the quality of the education we render. He also emphasized the need of imparting values to our students.
Rev Fr VM Thomas, SDB, the Executive Director of Don Bosco Institute (Guwahati) was the resource person. He imparted conceptual knowledge in self-awareness, inter-personal competence, challenges facing education, effectiveness, administrative skills and leadership. All the participants were very appreciative of the animation imparted.
The second day of the seminar started with the Holy Eucharist presided by Rev Fr K.O. Thomas, the Vice-Provincial. In his homily he stressed that the primary goal of education must be sanctification. Being the solemnity of all saints, he reminded the participants that all of us are called to be holy and to help others to be holy. He recalled the words of Don Bosco to Dominic Savio on becoming saints.
Rev Fr George Mathew, the economer, shared some information regarding the project of Deodurga, especially the girls’ residence, proposed as the solidarity project of the province for the current year. He indicated the possibilities of initiating Modular Employment Skills (MES) programmes in our educational institutions.
In the afternoon the participants had a workshop according to the various sectors of their ministry. The action plan that was drawn up included systematic and regular animation of teachers, regular monitoring of the learning and teaching processes by the principal, more delegating of responsibilities to members of the staff, better training and more animation of Salesian personnel and their exposure to well-run institutions.
In all, the seminar was rated very beneficial.
Fr Devassy Chirackal, SDB