Last week, 18 November 2021, the Itaka-Escolapios West Africa team held its opening session for the year 2021-2022.
The following points were discussed:
- Evaluation of the 2020-2021 exercise and validation of the annual plan.
- The strategy for strengthening Itaka-Escolapios’ presence in the West African Province.
- Evaluation of the project of networking of boarding schools (project of the Bizkaia Gobernment).
- The financial state of Itaka-Escolapios.
- The reorientation of the Cabrousse socio-educational centre.
- New strategy of action and social innovation.
The Piarist mission began in Dagara country, in Burkina Fassa towards the border with Ghana. More specifically in the town of Kopper. We have three Piarist brothers there: two priests and one in the year of internship. Next year he will start theology.For the moment, the mission has consisted in making numerous administrative procedures for our recognition and for the titles of the land of more than 10 hectares.
The parish which is around 2 kilometers from Zingane, offers us the opportunity to hold a French-speaking chaplaincy: catechesis, choir, celebration, …Our brothers take care of the daily strengthening classes for young people of school age, literacy for some.
The community must build everything, a house, an institution, get a car and above all train a good laity through the Calasanz movement and volunteering with a promising start. We are waiting for you all in Zingane.
This week Father Christian Ehemba, Provincial of the Piarist Province of West Africa and president of the Itaka-Escolapios team in the demarcation, has been visiting to meet with different teams and leaders of the Itaka-Escolapios network. The visit has served to review the situation of Itaka-Escolapios in Senegal, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, as well as to advance in the challenges we have in these countries.
In the picture, moment of his participation in the meeting with the Executive Commission of Itaka-Escolapios.
On the 17th of this month, has been officially launch the new year of the “Calasanz Movement” in the province of West Africa. That was during the mass celebrated in the juniorate house of Dakar. At that celebration where the participants received the blessing and have been sent in mission, all the groups in Senegal had their representatives.
The day before, the whole morning has been consecrated to the formation of the leaders. During that session, many good practices were shared in order to implement the Movement, as recommended by the last provincial chapter.
Good wishes to the Movement!
Once again the West African Pious Schools have organized their Holiday Camps for children from Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. More than 1000 children go to the colonies, 800 of them in precarious situations.
We attach the activity report (in french) that has just been published.