Don Bosco Immaculate Child Protection Center offers educational and social programs for street children
(MissionNewswire) The Don Bosco Immaculate Childhood Protection Center in Kara, Togo was established in 1985 to provide shelter and support to street children. The objective was to help them engage in productive activities to deter them from becoming involved in delinquency. The objective was also to facilitate social and family reintegration. Street children, aged 5 to 17, come from towns and villages in Togo.
In August, the students took part in educational courses during the school holidays to help them prepare for the start of the new school year. Every morning, primary and secondary students attended classes at the Don Bosco College and Lyceum. These courses included mathematics, written and oral expression, civic and moral education, history, geography, English and French, and philosophy.
The students also took part in socio-educational activities in the afternoon. This included sports and activities that help young people express themselves artistically. With the collaboration of educators and volunteers, young people have acquired physical, moral and psychological skills through activities that promote their full development.
The center also hosted a digital and creative workshop focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) to help students with these subjects and motivate them to learn.
This workshop was organized by young people from the EDU Association of Togo, led by the company Binary’Hub. The theme was “To give young people a taste for initiative and creativity, openness to the world of work”. The workshop focused on three goals: to empower young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to pursue professional careers through hands-on training, to foster creativity and divergent thinking alongside core disciplines, and to provide knowledge that will facilitate a successful transition to the labor market. There were awards and certificates at the end of the workshop.
In Kara, many young people do not have access to education and youth unemployment is very high. Most young people have unskilled jobs and precarious working conditions, which makes them even more vulnerable. Salesian education is sometimes the only education they can access to become productive members of their community.
“Salesian missionaries play a vital role in their communities helping to provide support and assistance to young people at risk and those in need of an education,” said Fr Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the branch. development of the Salesians of Don Bosco. . “Activities like the Don Bosco Center encourage young people to learn in order to find stable employment. They are then able to support themselves and give back to their family and community.
More than 80 percent of Togo’s rural population lives in conditions of poverty, making the country one of the poorest in the world, according to UNICEF. The country’s children suffer the most, nearly 50 percent of those living in poverty are under the age of 18. One in eight children will not reach their fifth birthday and the number of children who drop out of school because their parents cannot afford to educate them is high. Children are also often forced to work in exploitative and dangerous conditions to help support their families.
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Don Bosco Child Protection and Youth Empowerment Projects Newsletter July – September 2022
Salesian Missions – Togo