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Marist Italian teachers meeting

11/08/2004: Italy

It took place, from 6 to 9 July 2004, in Fiuggi, a meeting for teachers coming from the six Marist Italian schools. The theme of the meeting was “MARIST SHCOOLS AND REFORM”. More than one hundred teachers accepted the invitation.
In Italy the education system is undergoing deep changes asking for a deep legislative reform. However the greatest challenge is to answer both to the formation needs of the people and to the questions of meaning of our society. The whole people taking part in the meeting – both brothers and lay people – choose not to remain as passive spectators but to work actively on both questions.
The theme o the meeting underlined that a Marist educator should not be afraid of the changes and the new things going ahead in our society. Rather, he has to understand the reforms as challenges, so that he may point out, with a current language, the way leading people to reach out a Christian and a human development.
Meeting at Fiuggi, a place where we find one of the most important spas of Italy, the speakers have developed themes related to the formation of teachers (Br. Onorino Rota), the new laws, just about to start, concerning education in the Italian school (Prof. Pieor Cattaneo) and intercultural education (Prof. Antonio Nanni).
Everybody was happy with the meeting both because of the contents and the suggested method of work. However what was most appreciated was the family atmosphere lived during the whole meeting. We did have the possibility to confront ourselves with the experience that some of our teachers of Cordoba (Spain) have on the theme of reform of education. This fact helped all of us to enlarge our horizons and to show that the Marist heart has no bounds.

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