Education is for the Order of Augustinian Recollects one of the columns of his apostolate for the world. For more than 400 years, educational actions have been promoted, understanding that they are instruments of evangelization and cultural promotion. However, it was in 1940 when it was decided firmly to open primary and secondary schools.
Currently the Order of Augustinian Recollects works in the educational apostolate with 50 educational institutions (universities, colleges, schools, nursery schools and socio-educational centers), educating more than 82,000 students with 4,500 teachers around the world. According to official data, it is one of the ministries in which the Augustinian Recollects have a greater presence, in addition to being presently one of the best evangelizing platforms.
Since the 55th General Chapter, celebrated in 2016, the educational work of the Augustinian Recollects order is carried out through the EDUCAR Augustinian Recollect International Educational Network.
Foster communion today in a globalized world that requires networking. That is why this work is done through EDUCAR. Its name derives from the word EDUC, which evokes the word ‘education’ and which is common in the official languages of the Order (Spanish, English and Portuguese), and of AR, referred to Augustinian Recollects.
The EDUCAR network brings together all the educational works of the Augustinian Recollects around the world. Managed by the General Secretariat of Educational Apostolate, its purpose is to offer resources and unify the Augustinian teaching model.
Among its objectives is to promote the relationship and collaboration between the educational centers of the Augustinian Recollect family; disseminate the principles of the Augustinian pedagogy in the educational centers of the Augustinian Recollect family and collaborate with the educational centers in teacher training; offer initiatives among students and teachers in the network; and collaborate with the ARCORES Network in the design of social initiatives, justice, peace and defense of creation in the educational field.
The elaboration of an Institutional Educational Project responds to the need to reflect on the today of our educational service to project ourselves towards the future, being the basic elements of this reflection the proper character of our order and the socio-cultural situation to which we want to give answer.