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Methodology of Don Bosco
The Refresher Course for HRE teachers in Andhra Pradesh cruises through the second lap right on schedule. The enthusiasm generated by Prof. Haragopal and Mr. Sudhakar Reddy for the teaching of HRE was the momentum that was waiting to take us through the second day. But the content of the second day itself was more than exhilarating to take us forward on its own steam. The previous day’s critique of the present system of education high lighted the vacuum that is there and how HRE can and should fill that vacuum. Day Two was dedicated to examining how the system of education fashioned by Don Bosco through his life experience and his ever abiding presence to his students can be a useful tool to impart HRE.
Accompanied by the rhythmic showers of rain the day began with a short video clipping of the film “Don Bosco”. Don Bosco’s creative and loving presence was very beautifully portrayed in the clipping.
Mr. Machi Raju and Mr.Sleevaraj presented the report on the proceedings of the previous day. The dynamic and creative Salesian that he is Bro. Gregory led the participants through the historical situations that eventually led to the pedagogical intervention of Don Bosco in support of the poor youth of the time. He briefly dwelled on the guiding principles of the Pedagogy of Presence.
Fr. John Tharakan a practising psychologist and counsellor, introduced to the participants the skills needed to make use of the Pedagogy of Presence particularly Emotional and Listening skills. The sessions were so attractive and informative, the participants kept asking for more and more of such sessions.