This website is dedicated to Don Bosco’s method of education interpreted for teachers, parents and youth leaders of all faiths. It is written chiefly for a South Asian audience and contains RESOURCES in English for information, study and research. 

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NEW uploads!

See New Books in English for the bicentenary >>
Kuttianimattathil Jose: two articles 
Salesian Sources (Fonti Salesiane) translated by Julian Fox.  
Don Bosco the Educator (1997) by Pietro Braido (link)  
Francis and Don Bosco (2014), by Alejandro León (link)


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BEST PRACTICES IN THE DBWAY 

NOBLE PEACE PRIZE FOR CHILD'S RIGHTS NEW
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize Award during the ceremony that took place in the Oslo City Hall, Norway on 10 December 2014. 
They dedicated their Nobel Peace Prize to child victims of slavery: see video >>


DON BOSCO'S WRITINGS IN ENGLISH ONLINE 
More than 1300 pages of Don Bosco's most important writings on one easily searchable page. The collection covers selections of his works categorised broadly into texts belonging to history, pedagogy, spirituality. Original italian compilation, Fonti salesiane, by Aldo Giraudo, SDB, Francesco Motto SDB & José Manuel Prellezo SDB. English translation and conversion to TEI-conformant markup by Julian Fox

To go to the webpage (that may take some time to download) click here >>>



DON BOSCO'S WAY IN FRANCIS' WORDS 
Pope Francis is a Jesuit who has roots in Salesian tradition. His grandparents are from Piedmont, Don Bosco's birthplace. He was baptized in a Salesian-run Basilica in Argentina by a Salesian priest. He credits the same priest as having a strong influence in shaping his priestly vocation. He attended a Salesian Elementary school and grew up to be a fan of Argentina's San Lorenzo de Almagro football club founded by a Salesian. His past pupils looked up to him as an excellent educator, which is why he is our best practice in the DBWAY for 2014. 
Download his words on Don Bosco and Education, his connections with the Salesians (1 & 2), photos of his School, and photos of some touching moments as Pope. A Salesian reading of the Pope's Evangelii Gaudium by the Rector Major. Here's his moving account of his vocation story - on how he felt called to be a Jesuit through his contact with a Salesian priest. NEW BOOK: Francis and Don Bosco (2014), by Fr Alejandro León, sdb.



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FOCUS 2013: DON BOSCO'S WAY OF EDUCATING 
At the end of each year, the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco explains the theme he has chosen for the year that will follow. It is called the 'Strenna' or the guiding slogan to focus the energies of the entire Salesian Family across the world. 
This year, the Rector Major, Pascual Chavez, has focused on the Pedagogy of Don Bosco. To make the most of this educational opportunity, kindly click on the following resources: 
2. The video presentation by Fr. Chavez himself. 
3. Articles on DB's 'expressive education' (to be uploaded soon)



THE TV TALK SHOW THAT EDUCATED INDIA
Satyamev Jayate (Truth Alone Prevails) was an Indian TV talk show that aired on Indian TV channels from 6 May 2012 to 29 July 2012. Indian Bollywood actor and filmmaker Aamir Khan made his TV debut as he boldly raised awareness of India's problems with a view to uniting people for social change. Below, DBWAY presents those episodes that are related to young people and education. On clicking the link, please select the language of your choice.
Episode 9. Think before you drink (includes Teen-drinking)



BOOKS ON THE DBWAY (2012) 
NURTURING PRESENCE - A Spirituality for Education 
by Kenneth Pereira, SDB.
The growth-oriented vision that this book offers is a blend of insights from Don Bosco and Carl Rogers. The common thread that runs through the book is the theme of nurturing presence.

DON BOSCO'S WAY - A South Asian Perspective 
by Peter Gonsalves & DBCL, Kurla
This is a self-study manual for teachers, parents and youth leaders. It contains the essentials of Don Bosco's Way of Educating adapted for a South Asian context.
For details click here.



QUALITY LIFE EDUCATION  (QLE) 
Education is not merely the imparting of knowledge or the enhancement of skills to read, write, calculate and memorize. True education aims to improve the quality of life in any given society. 'Quality Life Education' does just this. It is an education at the service of life. It stenghtens the learner's ability to think, question, discuss, experience and create solutions within contexts. 
Some examples are:
MEDIA EDUCATION in the Solomon Islands: Photos
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION in Mumbai: GREENLINE 
HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION in Andhra: PARA 
For publications promoting QLE click here.


RESEARCH ON ISSUES CONCERNING YOUTH AT RISK  
Ten years ago a Research and Development Centre was opened to study, document and reflection on the situation of Youth at Risk in Mumbai city. The aim was to improve the effectiveness of the service offered by Salesians of Don Bosco to street children, as well as to Government and Non-governmental organizations dedicated to their care. 

For publications promoting the DBWAY and QLE click here 
Or visit the BOOKSHOP




BATTLING CHILD ABUSE (links) 
The Indian Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Bill approved in March 2011 is a path breaking legislation intended to stop the sexual exploitation of children, provide them protection and punish offenders. Although controversial in some respects, and questionable in its enforceability, it is a milestone in favour of children's rights in India.
Indian Salesians for children at risk (a visitors' perspective)


BOSCOREE (links)
The National Boscoree is organised by Salesians in India every three years. It keeps alive the belief of two promoters of youth empowerment, Don Bosco and Lord Baden Powell: that young people have tremendous energy to impact changes in the world.  This eleventh edition held at Dimapur, Nagaland, North East India, brought together nearly two-thousand participants from 18 states across the country – 1,700 scouts and guides and around 300 scoutmasters and guide captains, teachers and volunteers. 


CHILDREN'S PARLIAMENTS (links)
The Salesians of Don Bosco run about 300 Children's Parliaments in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India. The numbers are growing as the concept is catching on. It all started in 2005. Today the project is supported by JDW, Bonn, Germany.
VIDEOS of examples: in Rajasthan, in Zimbabwe, in Scotland


CHILD LABOUR AND SALESIAN ACTION (links)
Nearly 160 million kids aged between five and fourteen are trapped in child labour 
world wide. 
They are everywhere but invisible, toiling as domestic servants in homes, labouring behind the walls of workshops, hidden from view in plantations, handling chemicals and pesticides in agriculture, working in mines, or operating dangerous machinery.
 
India has the most challenging environment for business 
relating to child labour, as it is ranked 1/196 countries in Maplecroft's Child 
Labour Index. The country has the highest number of child workers in the 
world, says the report released on August 16. 
 

THE RIGHT TO EDUCATION ACT (links)
With its new law that made education a fundamental right on April 1, 2010, India joined a small group of countries with such a statutory provision. Finally, all children in the 6 to 14 age group can exercise their right to Free and Compulsory Education. An estimated one crore children who do not go to school are expected to benefit.  See original RTE>>  
India joins list of 135 countries >>
Indian Prime Minister's appeal for promotion of RTE>>
NDTV Videos: Savita's story>>
Kapil Sibil explains the RTE>>
RTE Debate>>   Slide show >>  Stumbling blocks>>


MUSIC THERAPY AT DON BOSCO PARAGUAY (links)
FRONTLINE: Don Bosco Roga is a children's refuge in Paraguay. The home is located in the capital, Asuncion, in one of the poorest neighborhoods, where many runaways congregate. In this interview with reporter Monica Lam, Padre Emilio Fernandez describes how he works with young boys who often come to the home traumatized, malnourished and with little or no education, after spending years on city streets. He also talks about the home's open-door policy, the importance of music in the boys' lives and the life skills the teachers try to impart.
Interview with Padre Emilio Fernandez >>
Slide show >>


REACHING OUT TO STREET CHILDREN (links)
FRONTLINE: "A child on the street is what we call a roofless and rootless kid. He's an unprotected child," says Father Thomas Koshy as we walk through the southern Indian city of Vijayawada. It is the middle of the night and still hot, and there are children sleeping in every nook and corner of the city. As an Indian American who has lived and worked in India, I am not surprised by the scene, but it is disturbing nevertheless... more>>  


SEAN DEVEREUX 1964-1993 - A LIFE FOR AFRICA (links)
On 2nd January 1993, Sean Devereux was shot dead – assassinated by a hired gunman whilst working for UNICEF in Kismayo, Somalia. Sean died coming to the aid of children.
He gave his life for a new ethos to the world, one that responds to the international community’s responsibility for innocent civilians who are trapped and traumatized by terror and conflict.
His mission statement: “While my heart beats, I have to do what I think I can do, and that is to help those who are less fortunate”
more>>  photos>> facebook>> youtube>>
His letter from Somalia written two months before he was murdered >>


WHAT'S DBWAY? 
If you are an Educator, a Parent or a Youth Leader, try these questions: 
  • What do you think is the purpose of education - to impart knowledge? to propagate an ideology? to get rich? >>
  • In school we convey knowledge. But does it build self-confidence and self-expression? >>
  • Rules do not work with young people today. The best way to deal with youthful arrogance is through punishments. Do you agree? >>
  • Should we keep religion out of schools in our multi-religious, South Asian society? Would we not be more united if we did so? >>
  • "Our son is touching 18 and is already very independent. He does not want us to interfere in his affairs. Should we just allow him to do what he wants?" >>

INSPIRATION
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The man who adopts unwanted babies. An amazing story of human courage, love and perseverance,
See the video
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From the speech by 12 year-old Severn Suzuki to the Plenary Session at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio Centro, Brazil: "At school, even in kindergarten, you teach us to behave in the  world. You teach us: not to fight with others, to work things out, to respect others, to clean up our mess, not to hurt other creatures, to share - not be greedy. Then why do you go out and do the things you tell us not to  do?"  See the video.Also see Suzuki as a parent today. Watch Severn Susuki 20 years later

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To be the best God has wanted us to be - even if we were not wanted by our parents. Listen to the story of Gianna Jessen - on how she survived the abortion attempt on her own life. 
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