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ITALY: Pope Francis commends training

Pope Francis welcomed members of the National Confederation for Upskilling in Technical Skills to the Vatican, marking its 50th anniversary.

Salesians take part in celebration of National Confederation for Upskilling in Technical Skills


(MissionNewswire) On May 3, Pope Francis welcomed members of the National Confederation for Upskilling in Technical Skills to the Vatican, marking the commemoration of its 50th anniversary. Among the attendees were representatives from the Salesian community, including delegations from the National Salesian Center for Upskilling in Technical Skills and the Salesian Italian Center for Training Women in Technical Skills. Hundreds of students, educators, trainers, administrative staff and management personnel from various centers came together in celebration.

Pope Francis commended the exceptional quality of methodologies, laboratory experiences and educational opportunities provided. He also underscored other support offered to youth in these programs.

Pope Francis said, “Above all, your training proposal is comprehensive, as it not only focuses on the quality of tools and teaching methods but also extends special care and attention to young people who find themselves on the fringes of social and ecclesial life. Thank you for your tireless dedication; thank you to the trainers who wholeheartedly devote themselves to the well-being of young people.”

In describing youth, Pope Francis said they were “full of talents and potential,” yet also “particularly vulnerable.” He acknowledged the myriad of challenges they encounter, including the necessity of emigration, the struggle to secure stable and adequately compensated employment, and the experience of professional dissatisfaction.

In response to these challenges, the Pope urged a generational shift where the skills of those exiting the workforce are utilized to benefit those entering the job market. He emphasized the importance of adults supporting the dreams and aspirations of youth without judgment.

The Pope also delved into the topic of vocational training within a world characterized by continuous transformations, where the dual risks of “technocracy” and “technophobia” loom large. He advocated for investing resources and energy into training that is continuous, creative, and always evolving. He also stressed the importance of giving recognition and dignity to manual labor, which is often overlooked or undervalued.

In addressing school dropout as an issue, Pope Francis focused on families and businesses as two pillars to support youth. He emphasized the vital role of families in nurturing and supporting the educational journey of youth. He also highlighted the responsibility of businesses to provide opportunities for practical training and apprenticeships, bridging the gap between education and employment.

The Salesians of Don Bosco are considered the largest private provider of vocational and technical training in the world. Programs focus on helping vulnerable youth by providing access to educational opportunities that match the local employment needs. Around the globe, there are nearly 1,000 Salesian vocational, technical, professional and agricultural schools — with a focus on serving poor and needy youth.



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