Kinshasa, 19 September, 2022 / 3:01 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Goma city have offered training to some 20 Salesian staff on how to reach out to street children.
In a September 16 report by Mission Newswire, the Salesian Missions official news service, the training that took place at Don Bosco Ngangi Youth Center having been organized by Fr. Jean-Pierre Muhima, Rector of the Salesian Community in Ngangi, benefited both the Salesian social workers and psychologists.
“Don Bosco Ngangi Youth Center held a special course for Salesian staff and it focused on street children in Goma,” Salesian officials say in the report, adding that the training happened under the guidance of Fr. Aimé Lulinda, a specialist in social pedagogy and a street children researcher.
During the course, Salesian officials add, “close to 20 social workers and psychologists explored the principles used in Salesian centers for street children including reception, support, reintegration, or reunification.”
They say that the training was beneficial to the Salesian staff as “their skills were strengthened on the criteria, tools, and stages of reintegration or family reunification.”