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The 11th Asia-Oceania Congress of Salesian Family Past Pupils at East Timor
By Mr. Ketan Gala  - 1 Comments
Mumbai, Oct. 10. Dili, Timor Leste: The 11th Asia-Oceania Congress of Salesian Family Past Pupils was held from October 4-8 at Dili, East Timor. Along with delegates from 8 countries, a contingent of 24 delegates from Indian National Federation, lead by Mr. Ketan Gala, the National  President, Father Noel Maddhichetty the Salesian Family Delegate of South Asia other SDB Provincial Delegates, participated in the congress.
The inspiring theme of the Congress was "serving God and our neighbours by promoting good education, economic solidarity and social justice". The participation and presentation of Indian Delegation made an impact in the congress. Fr. Jayapalan Raphael, attended the congress first time as the world delegate of  Alumni.

After three days of discussions the following resolution of the 11th Asia-Oceania Congress of Don Bosco Alumni was signed by the delegates at the end of concluding Holy Eucharist.

We, the Alumni of Don Bosco of Asia - Oceania region commit ourselves to the care about the world, making it a worthy dwelling place for us and for those coming after us, and with a clear social concern and justice, taking into consideration the seven key priorities of the World Confederation Strategic Plan;

We resolve that every national federation will prepare by 31.1.2017 their development or strategic plan, indicators and timeframe based on the seven key priorities of the Past Pupils Association.

We resolve that every national federation will work actively on the networking of their Past pupils by completing the preparing of the database within one year based on the format suggested by the World Confederation of the Past Pupils.

Attached to this resolution are the proposals from the group discussions for consideration and implementation of the seven priorities by national federations.

The National presidents and Delegates of Asia-Oceania Region shall meet with the regional councilors in 2018 for the midterm evaluation of the resolution and discuss issues pertaining to the Region.

7th October 2016

Signed by representatives of the following countries: Australia, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Nepal, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and the World Confederation Presidency members.

Priorities discussed by the Working Groups

1. Growth and Sustainable Structure
-  Establish strong national structures, local union
    structures and secretariat
-  Documentation and uniform reporting structure
-  Develop integrated annual plan

2. Formation and Training
- Networking in Vocational and career guidance
- Formation in Leadership, Financial Management,
    Marketing and Time, Management and Faith, Family    
-  Preparing volunteers to reach out to the needy (serve

3. Gex Promotion
-  Salesian House, Salesian School (Leadership promotion    
    and employment promotion
-  Unit of Past Pupil organization
-  Published journal and magazine

4. Funding and Fundraising
-  Annual affiliations charges.
-  Facilitating job placement and collecting fees from
-  Sponsorships and voluntary contributions

5. Family support
-  Family formation: organized by Alumni Association,
    every month in the local level
-  Family gathering: every Sunday, organize alumni
-  Family conference: regional (once every 4 years),
    create organizing committee

6. Salesian Family
-  Challenge: Education, Economy and Materialistic    
-  Strategies: Dialogue, Pastoral Care, Unity
-  Commitment: formation, honesty, moral value

7. Communication and External relations
-  Establish a full function regional secretariat as the
    centres of regional communication network for Asia -
    Oceania region. (not feasible as it is against the
    World Confederation Statute)
-  Establish various communication channels using all
    available means such as online social media
-  Identify all available alumni in the region with
    various skills and expertise as a key for developing
    specific network for external relation in the fields
    of social, economic and politics.


Sudikshit Roy Barma India Kolkata
October 11, 2016

A great event,which set the future course of Salesians in the Asia-Pacific.

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