La Salle pushes
for quality education for the poor
The Federation of Lasallian Institutions (FLI) called for
a continuous and collective reflection among Lasallian institutions
during the 2nd National FLI Convention at the Angelo King
International Center of the De La Salle University-College
of St. Benilde from July 20 to 21.
With this year’s theme, Transforming Ourselves, Transforming
Others, Bro. Armin Luistro, FSC, of the Philippine District
urged FLI members to nourish and renew St. John Baptist de
La Salle’s vision and mission of providing Christian education
to the young, especially the poor.
Social Development Research Center sponsored
a leadership training for women in communities
on July 20-21. The two-day activity emphasized
the importance of empowering women by enhancing
their organizational and management skills.
It was funded by the International Federation
of Catholic Universities.
In response to this call, the second FLI convention resolved
to adapt a flagship project called Education for Life, to
concretize the Lasallian mission in the Philippines.
In seeking to transform others, the FLI knew that change must
first come from within. Sharing her insights on Institutional
Renewal in Urban Lasallian Educational Institutions, DLSU-M
Executive Vice President Dr. Carmelita Quebengco, cited the
urgency of renewal particularly in the area of social commitment
to the marginalized sector of society. She also encouraged
participants to develop among members of the Lasallian community,
a passion for equality and social justice. Dr. Quebengco noted
that institutional renewal process will succeed by challenging
the conventional thinking and encouraging the critical thinking
of Lasallian community members.
Affirming the need for poverty alleviation, DLSU System President
Brother Rolando Dizon, FSC spoke on District Unity and Solidarity
as a means for evangelization. In his speech, he pointed out
the failure of La Salle to strengthen the commitment of its
students towards the struggle for social justice and elimination
of poverty. In addressing this issue, he called for a collective
renewal based on uncompromising values of individuals and
institutions. To be effective evangelizers and community development
workers, he stressed the need to form strong action networks,
both within and among the Lasallian schools.
The convention aimed to assess FLI’s work as a partner in
progressively changing the socio-cultural, economic, and political
landscape of our country.
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