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Marist Education Day

14/03/2005: Portugal

The 6th Marist Education Day was held on the 25th February in the auditorium of Colégio de Carcavelos. Two hundred and fifty participants, Marist teachers and invited guests, assembled to consider the theme of the day – Being a teacher today – a mission?
During the morning, after a musical introduction and words of welcome from the Director of Colégio de Carcavelos, Brother António Leal, the teachers reflected on the theme of the meeting under the direction of three invited experts: Dr Manuel Patrício (Rector of the Universidade de Évora), Dr Helena Marujo (Professor from the Faculty of Psychology, Lisbon) and Bishop D. Manuel Clemente.
These three specialists all agreed that today, to be a teacher, especially a teacher in a Catholic school, is more than just doing a job. It is a mission! Dr Manuel Patrício emphasised the importance of teachers presenting themselves as educators and specialists in their field, by giving good example and living their values. Dr Helena Marujo spoke of teachers as missionaries of hope, highlighting that teachers are builders of the future and thus must encourage and develop the best in each student. Bishop D. Manuel Clemente spoke about the challenges facing teachers in a Catholic school and he insisted particularly on the need to promote dialogue between faith and culture, out of respect for all people.

Four solidarity projects were then presented: one from the Externato Marista de Lisboa (Lisbon), another from the Colégio de Carcavelos and two others from Spanish schools invited to participate in this meeting. The students from the first year at Colégio de Carcavelos and three students from the seventh year at the Externato Marista de Lisboa (Lisbon) presented the two Portuguese projects.
This day, organised by the Colégio de Carcavelos, finished with the celebration of the Eucharist after the closing words given by Brother José Luís Pedrinho, President of the Commission for Educational Direction. The participants finished the meeting in reflection, conviviality and the sharing of experiences. Through the evaluation, they said that they believed that they had attained their objectives.

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