DR CONGO: Students learn to protect environment
St. John Bosco Higher Institute of Philosophy Kansebula holds scientific day focused on the environment
(MissionNewswire) The St. John Bosco Higher Institute of Philosophy Kansebula, located in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, held a scientific day focused on the theme “Commitment to a new relationship between man and nature. Foundation of durable and sustainable development for an emerging Congo.” This ecological theme was developed by 10 university professors who spoke about their areas of expertise on the day.
The event was attended by final year students from various Salesian secondary schools, student delegations from various Catholic and public colleges and universities, and various religious communities. The goal was to help young students and faculty understand the importance of protecting the environment and the role that they play in sustainable development.
Salesian missionaries around the globe have been launching environmental and sustainable projects. These activities are in response to Pope Francis’ 2020 Laudato Si’, which underlined the importance of education and training that will help youth foster environmental responsibility. Rector Major Father Ángel Fernández Artime noted the importance of concrete initiatives in the care of the environment.
“The scientific day held at the St. John Bosco Higher Institute of Philosophy is one among many sustainable development initiatives being launched by Salesians around the globe,” said Father Gus Baek, director of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Salesians of Don Bosco. “Not only do greener practices help the environment and ensure a better life for the youth we serve, but they also help Salesians save energy costs, which is then used to aid programming.”
Salesian missionaries have been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for more than 100 years ensuring that the most vulnerable children are not forgotten. Salesian primary and secondary schools and programs lay the foundation for early learning while Salesian trade, vocational and agricultural programs offer many youth the opportunity for a stable and productive future.
Despite its vast material wealth, the Democratic Republic of the Congo has long been a very poor nation. Half of the country’s population lives below the poverty line living on less than $1 a day, especially those in rural communities. Because of ongoing strife and violence within the country, more than 8.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. More than 4.1 million Congolese are now displaced with 620,000 seeking refuge in neighboring countries. More than 7.5 million people do not have enough food to eat.
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