Mozambique Entrusts Teacher Training to Salesians

Congregation Opens School for Gypsies

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MADRID, Spain, OCT. 25, 2006 (Zenit.org).- Mozambique's government entrusted to the Salesians the management, direction and development of activities for the professional formation of teachers in the country.



The government inaugurated this month the Don Bosco Higher Institute of Formation for Professional Teaching and Management, a state institution run by the Salesians.

The center is the only one of its kind, confirmed the Salesian News Agency.

The new Mozambican center is the result of collaboration between the Spanish foreign ministry, the government of Mozambique, the charitable organization Youth of the Third World and the Salesians.

Some 80 schoolteachers from Spain, recruited from the Salesian schools in that country, worked with their Mozambican counterparts to set up workshops, hire personnel, and update educational programs.

In addition to regular classes, which will begin next June, the Salesian center for teacher formation will offer online classes for continuing the formation of teachers in the areas of industry, tourism, agriculture and administration.

Gypsies

The Salesians also opened the Don Bosco Educational Center, a school for Gypsies located on the outskirts of the city of Bardejov, Slovakia.

The center was inaugurated Saturday, reported the Salesian News Agency.

A Salesian mission among Gypsies -- an ethnic group that numbers 1,500 in that city alone and 300,000 in the whole of Slovakia -- was started by Father Peter Besany in 1990.

The center includes an elementary school and a day care center, dedicated to Blessed Zeferino Gimenez Malla, who was martyred in Spain in 1936, and is the first gypsy to be beatified,

Founded by St. John Bosco, the Salesians are active in 128 nations.