SPECIAL REPORTS

(ANS - Rome) – Even small gestures can bring changes in the way we consider those who are different from ourselves. Yesterday, 21 March, was   International Down Syndrome Day. In Cartagena in Spain, the students of "San Juan Bosco" primary school, were invited to do drawings to express how they see their companions with this syndrome. The intention was to break stereotypes and discover the positive contributions that people with Down syndrome can make.

(ANS - Rome) - Training and work are an important combination: young people go to school to study and learn knowledge that will be the basis on which they build their professional career and acquire the ability to stay in the workforce. Some schools have a period of work experience in preparation for this step.  It is an opportunity for young people to begin to confront the adult world through the learning of a trade, and the development of social skills in the work context. The Reception Centre for Minors at Borgo Ragazzi Don Bosco is implementing this strategy.

(ANS - Madrid) - Fr Javier Valiente, a Salesian, Delegate for Social Communication of the Province of Madrid, is also Deputy Director of the "El Día del Señor programme" (The Lord's Day), broadcast by the "La 2" channel of TVE, the Spanish national broadcaster. On the proposal to "drop the Mass from Spanish TV", supported by a political group, he says: "I work in the TVE program, and I want to give my point of view".

(ANS - Madrid) – Anyone who knows Don Bosco knows that the playground is a place of education where great men and great saints are formed. "The playground is the place where the character of the young person is revealed, where young people they can be studied and guided. Education through recreation is a specialty of the Salesian tradition." Last Friday, 10 March, Florentino Pérez, the President of Real Madrid, launched what will be the eighth "Corazón Classic Match". The winner is already known: it will be the social projects of the Real Madrid Foundation in Africa, including 10 Sports Schools and humanitarian aid projects of the Salesian Mission Office in Madrid. The motto of the initiative will be: "Battiti per l’Africa."

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