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Meeting of the Subcommittee on Education of America in Brasilia

13/09/2016: Brazil

The Subcommittee of Education of the CIAP (Inter-american Conference of Provincials) met from Aug. 28 – 30 in Brasilia. The encounter began with a moment of prayer and the reality of the education of Marist provinces were then presented by representatives that make up the Subcommittee. 

The members are Ricardo Mariz (Umbrasil), Br Nicéforo González (América Central Province), Ana Laura Calderón (México Occidental Province) Br César Serna (Santa María de los Andes Province)   H. Manuir Mentges (Brasil Sur-Amazonia Province) and Br Luis Carlos Gutierrez (Ciap and Provincial of América Central).

In the morning of the second day, the coordinator of the area of mission of Umbrasil Ricardo Mariz presented the planning, organisation and operation of Marist Brazil. 

According to Mariz, the subcommittee has the role to add all common public education initiatives of the Americas. It gathers all experiences and it elaborates documents and common guidelines.

There are currently four subcommittees of the Commission of Mission of the CIAP (Inter-american Conference of Provincials): Education, Solidarity, Evangelisation and management. 

Discussions at the meeting included the status of committees and subcommittees, work plans under the Strategic Plan and the path of the general government to the process of regionalization proposed by the new models: the Arco Norte and América Sur regions.

Another topic of the meeting was the exchange or internship of directors that happened in Porto Alegre, Brazil, resulting in a positive assessment of this exchange and suggesting that it continue.

A second draft of the Subcommittee is to the Masters for Directors. Both the semipresencial Masters offered by the Champagnat University in Peru, and the distance masters of the Marist University of Guadalajara in Mexico have received positive evaluations.

Twenty-one students are currently studying and 12 have already finished.

Another important moment of the meeting was covering the work and the decision making regarding two documents: Future and Hope, foundation for an evangelising education and the Management Model.

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