Johny Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco, was born on August 16, 1815 at Bechhi, a village near Turin, Italy. Though orphaned at the age of two, he made heroic sacrifices and through dint of hard work – often working and studying at the same time – he acquired education and became a priest in 1841. The plight of countless boys and girls, orphaned through the long wars of Italian Unification, moved him. Spurning very lucrative and prestigious offers, he decided to dedicate himself to the service of the youth, especially the poor and underprivileged by offering them acceptance, food, lodging and education.

He gathered boys in public places for the weekends. To those without homes, he started giving shelter. Soon makeshift homes sprang up to accommodate the huge number of youngsters who saw in him a ray of hope.

The most significant achievement of Don Bosco was his contribution to the concept and practice of education. He visualized a system of education in which one’s community, vocational guidance, training and job placement played a vital role. To ensure that his total dedication to their cause shone through his actions, he based his education on the three great principles of Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness, loving those to whom he dedicated his life, as a caring father, and doing everything possible for their welfare. His “Preventive  System”  respects  every  young  person,  even  the lowliest and the ‘hopeless’ among them; the educator appeals to their sense of reason, creates a  loving and safe environment and    instills  in them a sense of the Divine.

Today, Don Bosco’s followers known as Salesians of Don Bosco, continues to keep alive hope and cheer in the hearts of millions of young people. Don Bosco institutions are spread over 130 countries around the globe. Over 2300 Salesians work with youth in 370 centres across India.

 

 

 
 
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