VALUES, RELATIONSHIPS, EXPERTISE
VALORI, RELAZIONI, COMPETENZA
VALORES, RELAZIONES, EXPERIENCIA
VALEURS, RELATIONS, EXPERTISE
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by Giovanni Perrone
The UMEC-WUCT, founded in Rome in 1951, will soon celebrate its 70th anniversary. Founded after the war, it has crossed decades of great changes at political, ecclesial, and social level. Today's world certainly is not the one of seventy years ago, the present is somewhat complex and the future very uncertain.
Looking back on the path of the Union, keeping the memory and looking to the future, we note that it is based on three pillars, still present: values, relationships, and competence, although adapted to the times in different ways. They are three basic pillars for every educator and every educational institution. In the daily work of a Catholic teacher, they shine with particular light, as every Catholic educator, in every reality, is called to witness the Gospel in school and in society. Of course, testimony is not "colonization" but humanization, as the Pope says: "Facing an intolerant individualism, which makes humanly poor and culturally sterile, it is necessary to humanize education."1
The Holy Father often speaks of education, inviting school and college institutions and teachers to further engage as to guarantee full education to every student, wherever they are. In particular, the most marginalized ones are those who are often devoid of everything,
Thinking about the future of the UMEC-WUCT, I believe we should take into consideration Pope Francis' words. So we can better reflect about the Union and share a common vision (though respecting the various realities) about the educational action for schools and teachers. Indeed, there is a close and dynamic relationship between our being a union of Catholic teachers and the social, educational and school reality of the world. We cannot wait at the side-lines!
We are limited, it is true, but we are invited to do our best through generous, constant, clever, responsible and competent engagement.Here are some simple (and incomplete) ideas for dialogue and reflection that every one, for what he or she is concerning, can develop and deepen. Dialogue and sharing are a richness for each of us.... .....