This campaign comes at a very special moment for the Pious Schools and for Itaka-Escolapios: we are celebrating the Piarist jubilee year to commemorate 400 years of history of the congregation and the 250 of the canonization of its founder José de Calasanz. This is a year of celebration, of contemplating the journey traveled, being grateful for the long and successful history. It is also an opportunity to look forward to the exciting future for Pious Schools and the challenges of the Piarist mission in today’s world and the world to come.
Reason why the theme for this jubilee year is a triple call to action: TO EDUCATE, PROCLAIM AND TO TRANSFORM. These three verbs summarize the essence of the Piarist mission, as Calasanz conceived it four centuries ago and which has been transmitted to us today. Also, always focusing on something that is very calasancio and that Itaka-Escolapios tries to implement in all its projects: to weave the three great dimensions of the mission: education, evangelization and social transformation to empower others, with an integral vision.
The project to which this campaign is addressed to represents very well the principles we just mentioned. In India, Pious Schools are very young (since 1994, almost yesterday compared to four centuries of history), with a great future, but with great challenges to overcome. And within India, the one in Kamda, a small town in the north-east of Adivasi, is in particular need for support, where poverty and lack of educational opportunities are seen more emphatically.