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Young Jesuits in Education Seminar: JESAM Programme 2017

jesuiteducationThe African Seminar on Jesuit Education begun this week Monday, July 17th to 22nd at Maison Roussel, Karen, Nairobi, organized by Fr. Jose Mesa, SJ, (Father General's Secretary for Education) and Fr. Joseph Arimoso, SJ (JESAM Education Apostolate Commission Coordinator).


The agenda was to share experiences from the various schools represented from Provinces and Regions and to come up with ways to further conversations on Jesuit education in the Conference. The attendees held various key discussions in small groups and personal reflection sessions, centered on the future of Jesuit education in the Conference.

The Educate Magis (an online community that connects educators from Jesuit and Ignatian Schools) based in Galway, Ireland, Community Director also joined in the seminar and gave a presentation via skype highlighting the components of the platform. He emphasized the Educate Magis mission which is three fold: Collaborate, transform, and empower. He called upon the educators to join the online community in order to have full access to all the tools and resources provided, and to embrace the conversations translating them into actionable arguments in order to pass on the values to their respective schools.

Educate Magis is a conversations functionality platform, it is multi-lingual and membership-based. It brings together educators from all over the world virtually, and real-time enabling educators to form mini-communities to share ideas.

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Fr. Jose Mesa, SJ, challenged the attendees to embrace the Educate Magis platform as a gift, an opportunity, he said "help us to shape it! The only limitation is our imagination...this is one way for the Society of Jesus to explore the frontier in education with new technology".

Fr. Jose reflected on the "Parable of the Talents", in Matthew 25:14–30 which tells of a master who was leaving his house to travel, and, before leaving, entrusted his property to his servants, he said..."Don't Bury Your Talent". He reminded them that using our God-given gifts teaches us that success is a product of our work, that this job is not a one man show but for all the Jesuits and collaborators globally.

Fr. Joseph Arimoso, took the stage as well, and touched on the future of Jesuit education in the Conference, saying, that the new young generation of Jesuits needed to kill the 'laid back' mentality and embrace the paradigms of change globally. That the Jesuit education in Africa and Madagascar is lagging behind from the rest of the world and that there is need to face up to the challenges in the various schools and innovate in order to remain relevant.

Reflections
• A call to renewal, adaptation as time changes educators should adapt (take shape) into the new contexts
• A call to go to the sources of Ignatian Spirituality (familiarizing in the Ignatian documents on Jesuit education to create a deep-rooted understanding of Ignatian Principles on education
• A call to collaborate, network, dialogue, engage in more research and a change of mindset (a desire for a common vision, strategy in the Conference to do better not more) through collaboration with other schools and all Jesuits globally
• A call for more involvement of young Jesuits in education and embrace creative authority to take up more with passion towards education
• A call to be models through servant leadership

The educators resolved to have an annual meeting to analyze key milestones and growth spectrums following each meet, and to share information through new media.

The team made visits to Mwangaza for a retreat led by Fr. Jose Mesa, SJ, and later to St. Josephs Primary School, Kangemi for a learning experience.

On a global scale the JESEDU-RIO2017 (the International Congress of Delegates of Education of the Society of Jesus) will held in October 2017 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It will be attended by delegates of Education of all the Conferences of the Society of Jesus, members of the International Committee of the Apostolate Educational Jesuit (ICAJE) and other members of the global network of the Society of Jesus.

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This event is organized by the Latin American Schools Federation of the Society of Jesus (FLACSI – for its acronym in Spanish) and the Jesuit Network for Basic Education in Brazil (RJE – for its acronym in Spanish).

For more details please go HERE>>

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