With the opening ceremony at the Hispanoamericano School began the International Congress of Piarist Education #Coedupia2017 in Santiago de Chile. The event was attended by Fr. Pedro Aguado, General of the Piarists and Fr. Miguel del Cerro, General Delegate of the Pious Schools in Chile. Del Cerro stressed during his speech the Piarist presence in Chile, the celebration during this year of the 100th anniversary of the Hispanoamericano School, and emphasized the “inclusive” capacity of Piarists educational works. Fr. General, for his part, stressed in his speech the “passion for the mission” that characterizes the Pious Schools. “Calasanz, our founder, was the protagonist 400 years ago of an extraordinary event for the Church and for society: the birth of the popular Christian school, the school for all”. Besides, “The Piarists are the first religious Order erected by the Church for the specific Ministry of education”. The celebration was attended by the Ambassador of Spain in Chile Carlos Robles, as well as Fr. Joszef Urban, Coordinator of the Congress, Carlos Beas of FIDE, as well as Ximena Ogino and Beatríz Yañez, Principals of the Hispano and Calasanz schools respectively. In the afternoon took place the first of the lectures, by Dennis Shirley, Professor of Education at Boston College. Shirley explained some of the educational challenges of the moment. “The students are not going to like the School unless we like it”, he said.” Most importantly – pointed out the professor- is learning to be united, because we live in networks of mutual dependence”. And he defended the crucial role of the educator in the process of formation of the students. “Never ever say I’m just an educator! Don’t give up!” This is our challenge and our cause,” he defended during his speech. At the second time of the afternoon, through small groups, different Piarists works around the world educational experiences were shared. Projects such as Poland “Parafiada” of integral education at three levels, the Cultural Center of Campeche in Mexico, or the educational project Summem which takes place in the Pious Schools of Catalonia. These dynamics, which will be repeated throughout the week, allowed sharing knowledge and exchanging views to finish the day’s work.



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