For this year 2020-2021, the activities of "FY DON BOSCO" took place from August 2 to 27, focusing on the theme: "animated by hope, behold, I make all things new" (Rev 21, 5). Every year, the Salesian world in Madagascar organizes holiday activities for young people in order to fight against idleness, because according to Don Bosco: "the holiday time is the time of harvest for the demons".

All the Salesian communities in the province of Madagascar have prepared this activity called "FY DON BOSCO". For the occasion, the communities of Mahajanga and Ivato began their activities on August 9, a week after the date given by the PEPS (Salesian Educational and Pastoral Project). For this year, the number of participants in the "FY DON BOSCO" at the Oratorio Don Bosco Ivato was limited because they were 400 young people for about 700 for the year 2018. Note that at the Oratorio of Mahajanga, one person having a physical hadicap was able to participate. Despite all this, children, young people as well as adults (parents who are invited during the closing event) are fully satisfied, given the efforts made by the educators and trainers present.

But what is "FY" really?

Indeed, the FY DON BOSCO is a way to educate, especially, children and young people from 8 to 19 years old. For those over 19, they are part of the "mpanabe" (those responsible for supporting the young people who participate). In reality, each local community organizes their program according to the reality in which it lives, that is to say, adaptations are necessary according to the situation, although there is a guideline given by the province, precisely by the delegate. of youth ministry. However, for this year, most oratories encountered organizational difficulties due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Consequently, the number of participants registered in this period is limited in accordance with the health system in force.

It follows then that the objective of the Salesians in this activity is to educate for the integral promotion of man so that he may be "good citizens and worthy Christians".

 

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