Cotonou, 12 December, 2022 / 8:02 pm (ACI Africa).
On the annual event of Human Rights Day marked December 10, officials of Salesian Missions, the U.S. development arm of the Religious Institute of the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB), have highlighted programs empowering vulnerable young people across the world, including Africa, focusing on initiatives that help the youth understand their rights.
In a December 10 report, officials of the SDB entity say Salesians work to ensure that all youth know their rights, are able to fully participate in their respective communities, and have their voices heard through institutions of formal education.
“Whether it’s combating child labor, assisting homeless youth or building schools where children who previously had no access to education, Salesian missionaries are educating youth on their rights and ensuring access to programs and services they need," Salesian Missions officials say.
They add that in their over 5,500 Salesian educational institutions and youth centers around the world, children from some of the poorest places on the planet have access to education.
In the report, the Director of Salesian Missions says that in providing education on human rights to youths, SDB missionaries accord the young people “a sense of personal dignity and self-worth.”