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Meeting of Marist Youth of the Province of « Rio Grande do Sul »

07/11/2012: Brazil

The Marist Youth Meeting (EJM), principal gathering of the MYM of the Province of RS, brought hundreds of young people together in Porto Alegre to reflect and exchange about important points  in relation to the  context of youth. The programming of the meeting motivated the young people to think about their role in the community by means of 15 workshops conducted on the afternoon of  20/10.

The Communication office dealt with the topic of the use of social networks. Two other workshops also treated intersting topics : the neurological effects of drugs and how these can  influence learning, and also the preventitive and conscience raising role a young person can exercise himself on his friends ;  respect for life in its last moments, in collaboration with the programme « Vida Urgente », of the Thiago de Moraes Gonzaga Foundation.

The workshop on « Libras » (Brasilian sign language) was one of the most striking activities. It sought to teach young people to communicate in this language, but also to discuss among themselves about their role in regard to the challenges of integration, especially for handicapped people.

The youth were able to take part in other workshops : « capoeira », percussion, bio dance, spirituality, music…They also had the opportunity to live the Divine Office of Youth and a moment of prayer and reflection. On this occasion, the young people learned that the venue for the 2013 meeting will be the « Colégio Marista São Luís », in Santa Cruz do Sul.

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