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Marist Educators in the 5th World Social Forum

11/02/2005: Brazil

Five hundred educators from Marist social works and schools in Brazil and Mexico took part recently in the 5th World Social Forum, held at Porto Alegre, Brazil, from the 26th to the 31st January. The objectives of the Marist meeting, motivated by the Forum’s slogan, “Another world is possible”, were to prepare and motivate the educators so that they be promoters of peace in their Marist activities, to encourage the exchange of experiences and to further bonds of friendship, peace and fraternity between the various Marist works.
The most significant moments of the meeting were the inaugural Mass and the five-kilometre walk through the streets of the city.

In total, 155 thousand people took part in the 5th World Social Forum. They came from 135 different countries, and 6,880 of these participants were educators. More than 200 thousand people were present at the opening ceremony of the convention. Around 2,500 activities were held and the team of volunteers numbered 2,800 people.
The Forum pushed many initiatives at all social levels and the participants left the meeting reinvigorated and more organised, with appointments for the whole year. Dialogue and meeting others strengthens those involved, broadening horizons.
In 2006, the Forum will be held in various places in the world and in 2007 it will take place in Africa. The work of this organisation is self-financed, based on democratic principles and carried out by Non-Government Organisations and people who want to build a world of peace, justice and equal rights. Another world is possible.

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