SMAD’s Transmission of the International Congress for F.I. Educators

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Last November 25, 2021, the SMAD educative community gathered together for a Re-echo of what transpired during the “Encuentro de Educadores”, an Educators Congress of all F.I. schools all over the world.

 Miss Flordelette Sison started the assembly by explaining the objectives and the flow of the afternoon’s session followed by the sharing of Mrs.Arlen Lasay and Ms. Rhodora Edullantes from the talk of Fr. Juan Antonio Ojeda Ortiz, FSC, on the Ten educational challenges posed by today’s world, challenging and encouraging everyone to renew their educational passion with great courage. That we educators should pass on knowledge and values to our students accompanied by our witnessing and consistent way of life because without consistency education is impossible.

The second part of the session centered on the talk given by Sr. Teresa Pinto, F.I. on “The School that Mo. Candida Wanted” during the International Educator’s Congress. This segment was beautifully imparted by Ms.Shirley Genovate and Mrs. Fatima Amor Monteon expressing to the group the three axes of Mo. Candida’s pedagogy of education; the greater glory of God, the love of schoolgirls, and the Christian education of virtue. That educating is ‘guiding from the outside” and “drawing” from the inside.

Indeed, the challenges for Catholic education today are enormous and vast. But Pope Francis said, “Do not be disheartened, educating is not a profession but an attitude and a way of being; in order to educate it is necessary to step out of ourselves and be among young people, to accompany them in the stages of their growth and to set ourselves beside them.

Indeed, to be an F.I. educator, we must be able to respond to these calls and challenges in order to become teachers of soul, of heart, and being.

Lastly, everyone wrote a word or a phrase that has challenged them to do and become a better educator during the encounter on the whiteboard located at the exit door in the Pre-school area.