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50 years of history at the Marist Champagnat College in Taguatinga

11/04/2013: Brazil

Fifty years to keep in memory! Such is the path of the Marist Champagnat College of Taguatinga, Federal District, which has just celebrated its 50 years of fidelity to the mission of Saint Marcellin Champagnat : to educate and evangelize so that Jesus may be known and loved. Created to educate the children of the « cadangos » - workers who contributed to the construction of Brasilia -, the establishment has been consolidated as a reference point in education.

The structure of the College has been improved over the years, thanks to the proposal of making the training more dynamic, including different languages and initiatives which introduce the students to the world of skills fundamental for life.

The educational community is composed of 2,767 students (February 2013) 150 teachers and 110 employees.

TheCollege had its origin on the occasion of the visit of the Provincial, Br Guy Maurice, to Taguatinga, and from a report: it was necessary to train and give professional instruction to the families of the region so that they could enter the work market. Starting from there, the first steps were made towards the construction of the « Ginásio Industrial Champagnat », with courses in design, electronics, cabinet making, auto mechanics, home science and the fine arts.

ProfessorLuiz Gustavo Mendes, who is head of the establishment, affirms : « We have much to celebrate on the occasion of this anniversary : the presence of the Brothers ; the contribution of the College to the community and its integration in the milieu ; the good dispositions of the   professionals and the excellent relations with the parish of Our Lady of Fatima and other partners. »

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