In the process of the Synod of the Amazon it is important the presence of the different actors, also of the episcopate. From that perspective, this Monday, August 20, has begun the III Meeting of the Catholic Church in the Legal Amazon , which until the 23rd brings together in the Maromba de Manaos 55 bishops of the Brazilian Amazon region, representing the 56 dioceses and existing prelatures.
Archive for 5. Education and Solidarity
Integral Youth Development (IYD) a Jesuit project in the Jesuit Youth Office together with Environmental Management Agency (EMA), Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture and TeamUp2CleanUp recently embarked on a Joint Schools Initiative, a five day clean-up campaign from the 25th -29th of June 2018. The program ran under the theme Sustainable Waste Management Schools Training and it focused on five primary schools in Mbare. The Joint Schools Initiative team engaged pupils on the importance of reducing consumption, recycling and re-using materials for environmental preservation using program guided scripts and mascots of popular comic characters.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), has recognized Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan as one of the “Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Schools for 2017” in the country for “initiating and integrating in instruction, research, extension, and administration, programs which are environment-related in nature.”
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana’s Colombian Amazon Program: Building an open university in constant dialogue with national reality
The following video address of Fr Jorge Humberto Peláez SJ, Rector of Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia on the University’s Colombia Amazon Program was shared during the Ecojesuit meeting on 1 August with the University’s key officials and faculty and with the Conferencia de Provinciales Jesuitas en América Latina y El Caribe (CPAL) led by Fr Roberto Jaramillo SJ. This is an important and strategic development in the University’s integral response to the call for action on the Amazonia, a region of global significance as a “lung of the planet” and whose resources and indigenous communities face massive threats of loss and displacement from agri-business pressures.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities in Asia Pacific (AJCU-AP) has committed to support the six priorities of the newly established International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) whose mission and purpose is to “contribute to the progress of the Society’s apostolate of higher education through the application of its decrees and documents in order to promote the development of a more just and humane world for the greater glory and honour of God”. The six priorities cover civic and political leadership formation, education of the marginalised, environmental and economic justice, interreligious dialogue and understanding, leadership in the Ignatian way of proceeding, and peace and reconciliation.
Our University, together with the University Network of Latin America and the Caribbean for Reducing Disaster Risk (REDULAC / DRR) are invited to participate in the national workshop on Campaign sustainable and resilient universities to be held on 26, 27 and 28 July on campus.