The Educational System of Don Bosco

The most significant achievement of Don Bosco was the revolution he brought about in the concept of education. While living with youth, teaching them and sharing his life with them, Don Bosco understood the importance of Reason, Kindness and Holiness in dealing with youth. He made these elements the foundation of his educational system.

Reason

It appeals to the resources of intelligence of the youth. It inculcated in the students an openess to truth and capacity to grow in responsible freedom.

Kindness

God loves all. We are all his children. The students are helped to experience this love and share it with one another. The constant love and care the students receive from their educators prompt them to share the same love and kindness with others.

Holiness

Man’s innate longing for and reverence of God is fostered in the students. In front of God, one becomes aware of one’s potentialities as well as limitations. By becoming more and more holy, the student becomes truly human.

The Don Bosco Family

Don Bosco’s desire to work for youth of all times and countries and his concern for their total welfare promted him to found the Don Bosco family; consisting of Fathers, Brothers, Sisters, Co-operators and Past-pupils, each with its specific form and area of service.

The Fathers and Brothers are called the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB). The word Salesians comes from the name of another great saint, St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), whom Don Bosco admired for his kindness and gentleness. Following the foot steps and values of Lord Jesus Christ, the members of the Don Bosco Society dedicate their lives to God in the services of youth, especially the less privileged.

Don Bosco i India

The Salesians of Don Bosco arrived in India on 14th January, 1906 at Tanjavur, Tamil Nadu, where the first Don Bosco Institution was set up. Don Bosco institutions spread across the country, have excelled in education, sports, cultural development and social awareness. Today there are 11 provinces in our country reaching out to all the states.

The Salesian Province of Dimapur was created out of the erstwhile Guwahati Province and officially came into existence on 8th December 1981. Geographically, the province covers the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Upper Assam, Nagaland and Manipur. Today there are about 47 Don Bosco institutions in the province with 268 professed Salesians working. We firmly believe in and foster the rich cultural heritage of India, and inculcate in our students love for our motherland, and its traditional values of nonviolence, peace and tolerance. With our institutions spread across every corner of this country, we make National Integration a Way of Life.