13-16th March 2014
"The Oratory as School for Life" is a seminar which explores a key concept in the educational style of Don Bosco: The "oratory model" has a long tradition of bringing youth at risk (back) into the educational system.
The main aim of the seminar
is to identify ways how non-formal youth work can contribute in reducing youth at risk dropping out of school, or facilitating them to re-enter. As such we see it as a tool for ensuring the inclusive growth which the Europe 2020 strategy is aiming at.
The seminar includes an introduction to the educational targets of the European 2020 strategy, a study visit to "Borgo Ragazzi" (which is an oratory with a long tradition in catering for youth at risk through a diversity of approaches), the exchange of good practices amongst the partner promoters, reflection on the use of the oratory model in other fields of education (formal & sports) and a exchange market to initiate future European youth projects based on the oratory model. After the seminar we will make a publication with good practices to disseminate the outcomes towards the wider European youth work sector.
The seminar will take place 13-16/03/2014 at the 'Instituto Salesiano Sacro Cuore', bringing together 24 young people from 12 EU member states (AT, BE, CR, CZ, DE, ES, IRE, IT, MT, PL, SK, SI, UK). The seminar is coordinated by DBYN, and hosted by our Italian member organisation 'Federazione SCS'.
The "Istituto Salesiano Sacro Cuore" is situated just next to the main Rome Railway Station (Stazione Termini), in the centre of the city. It is well connected through trains and busses with the two airports of the city (Leonardo da Vinci Airport and Ciampino Airport). Termini station is also the arrival of the international trains. From the institute it is possible to reach each part of the city, using the underground and the busses.
The facility has 7 meeting rooms with wifi connection and 70 bedrooms. There is a refectory for the meals, the rooms for the meetings and the social activities and a big courtyard. Several Salesian organizations working in the educational field have their head office in the institute. This will make it possible to organize a common session with the DBYN representatives.