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"Fe y Alegria wants to educate 42 million Africans" - Fr. Mborong E. SJ

By Honore Onana Olah, SJ

fey alegria                                                               Photo by: Elizabeth Auma/JASCNET Communications

In response to Pope Francis's appeal to work in the peripheries, Fe y Alegria, a Jesuit social movement for the most disadvantaged, held an international meeting from August 28, to September 2, 2017 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Fr. Mborong Etienne, SJ one of the coordinating members of Fe y Alegria in Africa, was kind enough to grant us an interview. He shared about the works and mission of Fe y Alegria in Africa and the different challenges that this "popular movement" faces in working for the poor.

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Fr Mborong Etienne, SJ underlined that the just-ended meeting was "to appropriate Fe y Alegria's identity to the African context." It was also to share the impact of this "popular movement" in the life of the poor people in many countries especially in Africa. Fe y Alegria, according to Fr Mborong SJ, is "a Jesuit work that aims to bring quality education to the most marginalised people in the society." It is also called a "movement for popular education of the poor that has mission to transform the lives of people so that they can be active protagonists for the transformation of their society."

Fe y Alegria which now has 11 years of presence in Africa gives "quality education to the larger majority." In fact, underlined Fr Mborong SJ, more than 42 million Africans do not have access to quality education. Inviting people to be generous in supporting the works of Fe y Alegria, he added that "this 70 percent of Africans who do not have quality education concerns all of us."

This situation is one of the topmost challenges that Fe y Alegria is facing. In other words, "how do you give access of quality education to this population?" The task here is to find funds to manage and administer such schools with large and increasing numbers of students as well as to provide good and quality education for the poor, "in order to cover the cost of education."

Let us remember that Fe y Alegria has been present and is present in many countries in Africa, like Chad (2007), Madagascar (2013), Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Mozambique, Kenya, among others.

To support Fe y Alegria and its work for the people, visit their website

 

Source: www.jesuitespao.com 

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