The third day of the International Congress on Piarist Education #Coedupia2017 dealt in its central part with education “to build community”. After a prayer prepared by the students of Calasanz School of Santiago, took place the presentation of María Nieves Tapia, founder and Director of the Latin American Center of Learning and Solidarity Service (CLAYSS). Tapia introduced to attendees about the method of learning as an educational experience that allows students to be the protagonists of their own learning process. “Nobody learns from others experience – admitted – and therefore we need to empower young people.” “We must prepare the school for a world in permanent change,” insisted the Professor, for whom it is essential to “bring out” students from the classroom. In this sense, scientific research shows that a school that develops educational projects is a “better” school. “Our children and teenagers are able to do great things if we give them the opportunity to do so”, said the lecturer. Tapia said that service-learning dynamics allow to bring students close to real-life “in contrast to the virtual one”, and that these experiences broaden the knowledge of young people. “We need to know much more to change our municipality than to pass an exam”, she explained. In this sense, she claimed the need to be perseverant and committed, “to excursion into poverty is not to educate; real Pastoral Ministry calls for commitment and constancy”. On the second morning session was held a social gathering, in which participants discussed the Piarist identity of our works and which revealed the need to build “a we, Piarists and laity”, that is the real subject that embodies our mission. In the afternoon continued the presentation of experiences of different Piarist realities, from the Curarrehue project in Chile, the Hungarian program Teszi for social awareness, the Calasanz Movement in India, or the individual accompaniment of students takes place in Africa. These dynamics have enabled sharing knowledge and exchanging views to finish the day’s work.

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