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ABOUT THE DBWAY COURSE  (scroll down for examples)

The course is an introduction to the self-study manual for educators, parents and youth workers of all faiths. It is specially designed to be an 'induction programme' for teachers in Salesian educational institutions in South Asia. Through talks, visuals and discussion sessions, it vividly presents the repressive, preventive and expressive systems of  education in order to draw out the uniqueness of Don Bosco's method of education and its relevance for our times. The details for organizing such a course are as follows:

Ideal number of participants per group: 30 to 40.
For whom: Teachers and youth workers/leaders with at least two to three years of experience with young people will benefit most. The course is also open to parents.
Materials required: Copies of the DBWAY manual for each participant (order printed copies from Tej-Prasarini (tel: 91-22-24150680) 
Duration: A one day course, from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. with an hour for lunch.
Space: A sufficiently large hall to facilitate group discussions. The hall should be equipped with a sound system, a black/white board, a computer and a video projector.  
Method: Five input sessions with group discussions with the help of powerpoint presentations containing videos, images and texts. The manual, being a self-study guide, will be referred to occasionally.  
Translations: Copyright for translations of the DBWAY in different languages is free with due acknowledgement to the original sources. A copy may be downloaded here.   
As an Induction programme: the organizers would have to follow up the one-day course with a six-month period of learning in which each participant reads, studies and reflects on the contents of the manual and its implementation in daily teaching practice. When the participants feel ready to attempt an exam based on the manual, they present themselves either for a test conducted by their own authorities or for an online test organized by the Don Bosco Centre for Learning, Kurla. (contact adolphkurla[a]gmail.com). Those who obtain a percentage established by their respective school authorities (usually 80%), can be rewarded with an official certificate that declares them Certified Don Bosco Educators.
Kindly note: the choice for the induction programme is left entirely to the local organizers of the one-day course, which also includes the certification. School principals within a province, or groups of provinces may decide the modality to be followed in their areas. 
Course Resource Person: Fr. Peter Gonsalves, SDB, professor of communication studies at Salesian University, Rome. 
Examples: see below
Contact address: gonsalves.p[a]gmail.com


2014-08-15: The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians (FMA), popularly known as the Salesian Sisters, organized six courses in their vast province of Mumbai that comprises Mahatrashtra, Gujarat and the Konkan Region. The courses were held at Wadala, Ahmednagar, Lonavla, Baroda, Caranzelem and Benaulim. They were attended by a total of 378 participants. 

The reason behind the initiative, as explained by the Provincial, Sr. Wilma D'Souza, was, "to ensure that most -  if not all - of the sisters, teachers and staff of our educational institutions update themselves on Don Bosco's educational method through the fresh insights offered by the DBWAY."
The chief coordinator of the entire programme was Sr. Caroline D'Souza assisted by Sr. Meena D'Silva who looked after the travel arrangements. This was one of the many initiatives taken up by the Province in preparation for the bicentenary year of Don Bosco's birth to be celebrated in 2015. 
With this set of courses, the total number of participants at all the DBWAY courses held from 2011 to 2014 touches 4230.  


2013-08-30 Mumbai: When the Rector Major of the Salesians of Don Bosco announced that the year August 16, 2012 to August 16, 2013 would be dedicated to Salesian Pedagogy in view of preparations for the bicentennial celebrations of Don Bosco's birth, he could not have imagined the seriousness with which Salesians in South Asia would have taken to his proposal. 

At the invitation of the provincials, Peter Gonsalves, SDB, travelled five provinces to zealously spread the implementation of the DBWAY in schools and colleges. 

This year the total number of participants was 1953. They represented approximately 75 different schools scattered far and wide around the area designated for the courses - some of them as distant as a whole day's journey by road. 

The Salesian provinces that invited him are Hyderabad (8 to 11 July), Bangalore (12 to 14 July), Dimapur (24 July to 6 August), Guwahati (7 to 15 August) and Silchar (16 to 23 August). 
The states covered were Andhra, Karnataka, Nagaland, Manipur, Assam, Arunachal, Mizoram and Meghalaya.

In 2012 he had conducted similar courses for the provinces of Mumbai (in 2011) and Panjim and Chennai (in 2012). Thus, out of the twelve provinces in South Asia, the total number of provinces covered by the DBWAY is eight. 

For a glimpse of 'DBWAY 2013' kindly see the photos on this FACEBOOK page.
Here's a report on the DBWAY in the province of the North East provinces (Dimapur, Guwahati and Silchar) by NEWS GRAB.

(Province of Chennai, Provincial Circular No. 8, 2012-08-01)

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Nearly 1200 teachers from 51 Salesian schools in the Province of Chennai took part in a series of five one-day seminars, on Don Bosco’s Educational Method, presented by Fr Peter Gonsalves SDB from the Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, from 23 to 27 July. The programme was organized in response to the Rector Major’s call to focus on the ‘Pedagogy of Don Bosco’ as the central theme for the second year of the three-year-long preparation for the Bicentenary of Don Bosco’s birth in 2015.

The seminar was conducted in five different rersgions of the province, namely, Pondicherry (115 teachers), Tirupattur (122), Vellore (189), Chennai (English - 400), Chennai (Tamil - 200). Every participant was given a copy of Fr Peter’s book, “Don Bosco’s Way, a South Asian Perspective”. A Tamil edition of the same, translated by Fr. Maria Louis, was given to the Tamil speaking participants.

At Don Bosco's School, Egmore, the Provincial, Fr. Raphael Jayapalan, thanked Fr. Peter Gonsalves for animating the teachers on this all-important theme and exhorted all the confreres to visit the website 'Don Bosco’s Way' and discover for themselves a clear, easy to understand, practical and rich presentation of all the essential aspects of our System of Education during this year of preparation for the Bicentenary of Don Bosco. The site also contains an extensive and very useful bibliography on the theme. He also thanked Fr. Antony Raj Chinnappan (see photo), the Vice Provincial, for organising this programme for the teachers of the province of Chennai. 

Konkan Province newsletter, 2012-07-16

About fifty Salesians gathered at Don Bosco Benaulim on the evening of July 12th to listen to Fr. Peter Gonsalves' adaptation of the educational system of Don Bosco for South Asia. Using slides and videos he shared his unique perspective on the System, namely, its potential for developing expressivity and self-esteem in young people on a par with its capacity to prevent them from harm. He also explained briefly the purpose of the DBWAY course - the primary reason for his invitation to Goa - by showing how Don Bosco's method could be adapted to a multi-faith context like that of South Asia. In his concluding speech the provincial, Fr. Ian Figueiredo thanked Fr. Gonsalves for his availability and readiness to conduct the courses. He also expressed his sincere gratitude to Fr. Bernadino Almeida, the chief organizer of the event and his collaborators Frs. Tamatur Cardozo and Anthony Mota (see photo).  

The following day the DBWAY courses began in full swing, first for a group of approximatey hundred school teachers at Don Bosco School, Quepem, and on the 14th, for another hundred teachers from schools, colleges and a youth-at-risk centre at Don Bosco School, Panjim. The courses were a mixture of talks, powerpoint presentations, videos and lively group discussions. Each of the nearly 200 teachers from both the groups were given the DBWAY manual for further study and reference. 

2011-08-16: When the pilgrim relic of Don Bosco visited the Salesian Province of Mumbai around the first week of August 2011, attention was drawn to the many thousands who had come from far and near to pay their respects to the saint of youngsters. This enthusiasm followed the urn containing the relic wherever it went. Simultaneously, however another kind of 'pilgrimage' was going on within the precincts of the Don Bosco institutions of the Mumbai Province that comprises the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. This lesser known pilgrimage was meant exclusively for the teaching staff of Salesian schools and it was called 'Don Bosco's Way' or simply 'DBWAY'.
Some 500 teachers attended these thirteen 'induction' courses organized by the Vice Provincial of the Mumbai province, Fr. Ajoy Fernandes, SDB. It was meant to facilitate a more contemporary and inculturated understanding of the saint's method of education. It was also organized to introduce teachers to a self-study guide which, on passing a test, will make them eligible as teachers of Don Bosco Institutions of the Province. The chief resource person was Fr. Peter Gonsalves, SDB (see photo) from Salesian University, Rome. More details of the course may be obtained from his REPORT submitted to the chief organizer of the programme, 

A session with Youth Leaders at St. Andrews' Bandra, July 2107. >>>