Quality education is essential for creating a sustainable human resource base upon which to build a country’s development. Zambia is experiencing a growing need for skilled man power and professionals in a variety of fields. Investing in higher education therefore will help our country to build youths endowed with innovative ideas, knowledge, and technology needed to thrive in a competitive world.
The Salesians of Don Bosco in ZMB province held a one-week Training workshop to empower Job Service Officers whose mandate is placing students in various industries for attachments. The officers are dedicated to ensuring that young people who pass through Our Schools and Technical Colleges are well equipped and that they perform exemplary in the industry.
On the 25th of July 2020 the Board of Don Bosco Secondary and Don Bosco Technical College in Chingola sat to deliberate on the life long process of reshaping the system in provision of Technical Education with the focus on improving the livelihood of the youths and contributing more to youth employability. The Board members all agreed to the Demand that the College is supposed to contribute to creating opportunities for young people to become self employed or embark on provision of Market Oriented Courses and not Just providing education or skills to the youth.
Among the many issues that were discussed was the issue of drawing up a Strategic Plan for the Institution that will help in giving direction at Local community level. This was realized after the Board came to understand that the enrollment rate was going down.
Humans are the only part of ecosystems that generate waste but its sustainable management is the one that may cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Salesians of Don Bosco ZMB province is dedicated to ensuring that waste management and care for the environment is essential through Recycle, Reuse, Refuse and Reduce policy. In ensuring this, the Salesians of Don Bosco Provincial House is Lusaka, Zambia, organised a Campaign to ensure that the environment is well protected and managed to contribute to its sustainability. The Refuse Policy ensures that waste is well collected, sorted and or disposed off well. In Collaboration with the Zambia Environmental Management Agency, the Salesians of Don Bosco had organised a workshop which was followed up with practical exercise to ensure environmental Sustainability and care as a contribution to the “Laudato Si”, a document that was presented to us by Pope Francis.
Despite the Challenges that the Country is facing, Don Bosco Technical Secondary Schools Continues to offer quality Education for the Young people. Don Bosco is an idea Secondary School that provides Technical Education with the state-of-the-art Machinery. The Technical Secondary Schools starts from Grade 8 – Grade 12. The School is Dedicated to providing access and quality education for all. It aims at preparing the young people into the society following the Vocational pathway of education. The School also contributes to TEVET National Policy by effectively contributing to youth employability and inclusive economic development in the country.
The letter clearly reveals Pope Francis’ concern for the young, especially the poorest. This letter is an invitation to all of us, sons of Don Bosco, to make what the Pope continually called a “Valdocco Option”.
The “Valdocco Option”, Pope Francis is referring to, is not simply a matter of past memories of history or simply a choice of convenience since the Pisana 1111 is no more, but rather a genuine return to the source of the charism. It is an invitation to revive and to live faithfully (and today) the gift of our charism we have received from Don Bosco.
Immediately we distinguish two fidelities: Repetitive fidelity and Creative fidelity.
Repetitive fidelity is the abandoning/closing, rebuilding or re-adapting houses or activities; or adapting to the culture of fashion or taking refuge in a heroic but already disembodied past. While creative fidelity means reinterpreting Don Bosco’s spirit in the renewed context, in which we live and work. This distinction makes us differentiate two expressions: “mission of the Church” and “pastoral care of the
Whilst “Mission of the Church” is always the same for all ages and for all territories, “Pastoral care of the Church” is always different in every time and in the diversity of contexts. Don Bosco’s mission is certainly our mission – “to be signs and bearers of God’s love for the young” To avoid a dualistic approach between the two polarities we need to continuously and faithfully return to this Homemission through the process of discernment.
This process revokes what Pope Francis calls “a double docility”: at one time docility to the young and their
needs and at the same time docility to the Spirit and to all that He wants to transform.
Early in the Month of April, the Zambian Government through the President made preventive measures towards the COVID-19 Pandemic to ensure that it does not spread and claim many lives in Zambia. One of the major preventive measure was the closure of all learning institutions. Despite this, Bosco Youth Reach embarked on carrying out Institutional Development that are related to accessing of Education and improving the quality. Bosco Youth Reach out in Collaboration with the Don Bosco Secondary School in Mansa through the Salesians of Don Bosco Provincial Development Office began to conduct Online Lessons on Radio Stations for examination classes in order to reach the less privileged in the society that do no have access to online platforms like TV and internet. This was in its efforts to supplement governments efforts in reducing illiteracy and continuing education process for the young people in examination classes. Consultative meetings were held in Mansa and Lusaka with groups of Selected teachers and representatives from the ministry of education.
Bosco Youth Reach Out - Planning and Development Office commenced the re-establishment of Fish Ponds at Don Bosco Agricultural Training Center in Lufubu, Mwansabombwe District of Luapula Province. The Center has for the past years been offering Courses in General Agriculture in the province. The Institution further contributes to the countries revenue and development through the supply of Farm products and provision of skills in Agriculture. In its efforts to improving the quality of skills Training at the Institution, Bosco Youth Reach out in Collaboration with the Agricultural center has constructed Fish ponds to enhance skills Training at the School.