This experience started in Philippines in the religious group life of the young people in all educative settings. Its motivation and goals are forming good Christians and honest citizens leading them to make a life choice. The Christian Living Education (CLE) is the teaching of religion which is concretized in the daily and lived in continuity in the Salesian Youth Movement. In all the educative settings (schools, oratories, hostels, centers for youth at risk, technical-vocational centers, and boarding school), young people freely join the SYM. Membership in the SYM is not part of the academic curriculum in the school, therefore the young people are not obliged to become members. However, 100% of these young people still choose to join the SYM. In the schools, two to three hours after classes once a week is provided solely for SYM activities. Young people are educated to prayer and spirituality in the CLE and SYM which leads them to concrete expressions in social responsibility and solidarity. Through the Educating Communities, venues for community and outreach services are created. These experiences provide meaning and purpose in their life. Examples of these are: mangrove reforestation, teaching of catechesis in the public schools, gift-giving to the poor at Christmas, volunteering in relief operations during calamities, service in the oratory, participating in camps with service learning components, and joining VIDES-Philippines as junior members.
Reference time period: 2018
T. Padron, How christian living education and salesian youth movement in all their educative settings lead young people to a life choice, in Atti del Congresso Internazionale, Roma 20-23 settembre 2018, Vol. 2, LAS, Roma 2019, 489-495.
Pontificia Facoltà di Scienze dell’Educazione “Auxilium”