VATICAN CITY, 2 July 2018-on the occasion of the 4th World Congress of Scholas Chairs, H.E. Mons. Angelo Vincenzo Zani, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, presented the publication "Scholas Occurrentes and pedagogy of Harmony". This official document contains the experience that Scholas has been doing throughout the world since its origins when Jorge Mario Bergoglio was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, until now as an entity of pontifical law, as well as the thought of the current Pontiff on the pedagogy of harmony and the need to re-establish the educational pact.
"This magazine allows us to delve into the history of the Foundation born in the heart of Pope Francis and to answer the many questions of those who approach Scholas for the first time. The main mission of this pontifical organization is to recover the educational pact between the generations, from the families to the whole social body. Favouring the dialogue between secular and religious institutions, Scholas seeks to ' humanise education ', offering a formative service that enhances the personal, moral and social attitudes of the participants, ' said H.E. Mons. Angelo Vincenzo Zani.
The publication was received by the world President of Scholas D. José María del Corral, who thanked the prefect of the congregation H Guiseppe Card. Versaldi, to Mons. Zani, Professor Italo Fiorin of the Scuola di Alta education EIS and all those who have accompanied the path of this dream of Pope Francis to change the world changing education.
On Friday the 4th International Congress of Scholas chairs was concluded at Castel Gandolfo, under the slogan "University and School. Towards the relaunch of the university ' in Exit ´ '.
In this edition have participated 71 public universities, private, of various religious and secular confessions, of more than 30 countries of the 5 continents. A total of 12 Spanish universities (Univ. of Barcelona, Univ. Catholic University of Valencia, Univ. Complutense de Madrid, Univ. of Deusto, University of Granada, Univ. International of Catalonia, Univ. International de la Rioja, Univ. Valencia International, Univ. of Navarre, Univ. of Oviedo, Univ. Pontificia de Comillas and Univ. San Pablo CEU) came to the meeting.
One of the central themes on which these days have been concerned has been the problem of migrants and refugees, although it has not been the only.
One of the Spanish students participating in the 1st International Student meeting, Ana P., stated that "we have been given the Pope's concern, we have read his letter urging us to welcome, protect, promote and integrate; Young people what we want is to discuss and deepen how we can help. It is important that we are more open and not ignore that reality, identifying the problem of origin. We must work for those who arrive, but the main thing is to consider the reasons why they are forced to flee their countries. "
Ale Haber, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, shared in the closing ceremony the following words: "It was difficult to imagine the learning experiences that we would live these three days, 30 people from 10 different countries, we have gathered here to work a This is a topic that is unfortunately more present today than ever: the problem of migration and refugees in the world. Initially we were presented with the first challenge, we did not have a common language among all, how could we talk?, we discovered that language is not only the words that one uses, are the common values and complementary ways of doing things, as well We understood that our goal was only one and we knocked down the language barrier. "
Professors, educators, rectors and students discussed also on educational innovation, sustainable development or intercultural and interreligious dialogue, all under the particular approach of Scholas that advocates an education in "classrooms Without Walls" Where the meeting between all is premium and that it is committed to a training based on art, sport and technology.
"Education must be at the service of a new humanism that favors the integral development of the person and the highest motivations of humanity. Scholas Occurrentes's line of action, in a society in which citizens of different traditions, cultures and religions coexist, is to relaunch an education based on training and the ' culture of dialogue ', said Mons. Angelo Zani, secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education.
The next edition of this Congress will take place in New York (USA) at Fordham University.