Don Bosco Oratory in Schio celebrates 120 years of support and education
(MissionNewswire) Don Bosco Oratory in Schio, Italy, celebrates 120 years of support and education for young people. The oratory brings together marginalized youth from the community for education, connection with their peers and an opportunity to connect with supportive adults.
In 2022, the oratory is planning a major renovation to improve the reception of the city’s youth. The project will start with the football field and the school and will be followed by theater and cinema.
âOne hundred and twenty years is a long time,â declared Father Enrico Gaetan, rector of the Don Bosco Oratory. âI’ve been here for two years now, and the best thing about walking around town is hearing all the people who remember, for one thing or another, that they’ve been through. the oratory.
The multifaceted Don Bosco Oratory offers sporting and cultural activities, training and education, as well as fun social activities. Today, more than 800 young people are enrolled in sports associations such as basketball, volleyball and football, 350 children attend school and 80 participate in extracurricular activities. The oratory also offers volunteer opportunities, a cafÃ©, a cinema, mission groups and choirs.
Bro. GaÃ©tan added: âThe oratory was created to educate young people. Since the Salesians were called here, there has always been a work of education and formation. From now on, this action is carried out with two divisions of the oratory, including associations and sport, and with educational and vocational training activities.
The fundamental mission of the Salesians and of the oratory is to welcome children and young people who need support. Many live on the fringes of the community. Bro. GaÃ©tan explains: âThe oratory welcomes many young people who live in the street, in gangs or in groups, but who know that here, with a few rules, they can find a place. There are still many cases of deviance, where the supervision of adults is lacking or of single parents who cannot do everything. The oratory is also a home for them, and the courtyard is the meeting point.
In Italy, unemployed and out of school or training young people represent 20 per cent of the population. Vocational training is an educational path which constitutes a very effective bridge between school and work.
Italy has nearly 1.2 million children living in poverty, according to UNICEF. The poverty rate has increased as a result of the economic crisis in Europe. Unemployment is at its highest level since the late 1970s with an overall unemployment rate of 12.5% ââand youth unemployment reaching 41%.
According to UNICEF, an increasing number of young people are living away from their families in temporary shelters and in government and charitable programs due to inadequate support or neglect from their families. Salesian programs fight against these challenges by providing accommodation, nutrition, education and workforce development services to young people in need.
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