ERIC Number: ED345094
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
The Don Bosco Way to Train Disadvantaged Youth. Discussion Paper No. 92.
Mashek, R. W.
Founded by Don Bosco in 1859 in Turin, Italy, the Salesian Society helps disadvantaged youth in over 100 countries, according to 1991 data. Salesians operate technical training institutes and run numerous informal shops and training courses within their schools, orphanages, street children shelters, and youth centers. The institutes are financed through tuition, sale of services and goods produced in the training schools, and grant contributions. Attributes of Salesians and their work that contribute to their success include spiritual commitment, focus, the human factor, standards, long-term continuity, low costs, sustained financing, and modesty. Rapidly changing technologies, the consequent shift in the market demand for skilled workers, and the uneven use and applicability of new technologies in various regions of the world pose serious dilemmas for the technical institutes. Institutes respond by adding up-to-date techniques to training; closer, more systematic contact with local businesses is also required. In many developing countries, the job market is saturated or contracting. Salesians respond by setting up job placement offices and investigating ways to help graduates set up their own small businesses. Other dilemmas Salesians face are dealing with those too poor to help, the gradual rise of national personnel, and reliance on Divine Providence. The Salesian Society can reach its unfulfilled potential by adapting, opening up, and reaching out to the outside world. (YLB)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Catholics, Developing Nations, Disadvantaged Youth, Foreign Countries, Industrial Arts, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Program Effectiveness, Religious Organizations, Secondary Education, Success, Technical Education, Technical Institutes, Vocational Education, Voluntary Agencies, Youth, Youth Programs
International Labour Office, CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Labour Office, Geneva (Switzerland).