The Augustinian Recollect educational centers, together in the 5th EDUCAR

The 5th EDUCAR meeting will take place from the 18th to the 22nd of November in the Brazilian city and will gather more than 80 Augustinian Recollect directors and teachers.

Augustinian Recollect education has an important appointment in Rio de Janeiro: the 5th EDUCAR meeting. The International Augustinian Recollect Educational Network EDUCAR continues to advance in the preparation of the great meeting that will gather from November 18 to 22 representatives of the majority of educational centers of the Augustinian Recollect family. Four days in which new ways and projects for the educational model of the Augustinian Recollect Family will be analyzed, reflected and proposed.

More than 80 directors, teachers and religious from the different Augustinian Recollect educational centers of the world will attend the meeting. It will be the most numerous of those celebrated so far. And not only belonging to the Order of Augustinian Recollects, but also to the Augustinian Recollect Missionaries, the Augustinian Recollects Sisters or the Augustinian Recollect Sisters of the Heart of Jesus. Colleges, universities and residences that will commit themselves to work together in a network.

The meeting will have different presentations and expositions, as well as work groups to deepen the questions raised during the four days that will last this fifth edition of the Meeting EDUCATE. Topics such as innovation in Augustinian pedagogy, protection of minors in schools, good practices or training of teachers, among others, will be some of the issues to deal with in the different work sessions. In addition, the winning projects will be presented in the 1st EDUCAR Pedagogical Contest, in which more than 60 projects have participated in the categories of infant education, primary, secondary, high school, university, and pastoral project, sports or educational guidance.

Educational centers from Spain, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and the Philippines will be represented at the EDUCAR Encounter. From this edition of EDUCAR a series of conclusions and general commitments will be drawn that will help the development and advance of the educational model of the Augustinian Recollect family in the world.

From regional to global

The first EDUCAR meeting began as a regional meeting between several Augustinian Recollect colleges from Guatemala, Panama, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Costa Rica. It was held in October 2014 at the Colegio Fray Luis de León in Querétaro (Mexico), taking advantage of the visit of the Prior General, Miguel Miró, and the General Councillor of the Educational Apostolate. Eleven directors and teachers from the educational centers came to share the context and the challenges of education in each one of their environments.

The satisfaction of those attending the first meeting led to the Second Meeting, a day of Augustinian Recollect Spirituality for directors and teachers in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The II EDUCAR Encounter was framed within the Year of Education (2015-2016) of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

The III EDUCAR Encounter, held in 2016, continued to involve more schools in Central and South America. The keys were the need for a pastoral plan for young people to find meaning in their lives and the search for a definition of ‘School in Ministry’.

The IV EDUCAR Encounter, held in Bogotá in 2017, worked along these same lines. Besides presenting the International Educational Network EDUCAR, it faced different challenges: to strengthen the Augustinian Recollect charism and the collaborative culture; to find strategies for the accompaniment of young people; to promote the Augustinian Recollect educational centers as platforms of evangelization and to analyze the Institutional Educational Project of the Order of Augustinian Recollects.

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