In response to Pope Francis’ call to “create a culture of encounter that brings together young people in an education that generates meaning”, the National University of Córdoba, the City of Córdoba and the Córdoba Joven Agency of the Government of the Province, join Scholas in their commitment to work for the culture of the encounter.
On January 28, 2021, in videoconference with José María del Corral and Enrique Palmeyro, world directors of Scholas; Hugo Juri, rector of the National University of Cordoba; Daniel Passerini, vice-mayor of the City of Cordoba and Matias Anconetani, president of the Youth Cordoba Agency of the Government of the Province, signed a commitment through which an educational space will be generated for young university students and from public and private schools, of different religious denominations and sectors, as well as young people who could not continue their studies, live the experience of the culture of the encounter through sport, art and technology.
Jose Maria del Corral recalled the first steps taken in Cordoba in 2017 with public and private schools, through the Scholas Citizenship program and its fruits.
To which Daniel Passerini, vice-mayor of the City of Cordoba and Matías Anconetani, president of the Youth Cordoba Agency of the Government of the Province, recalled that at that time they themselves from the vice-presidency of the Legislature and from the Ministry of Education respectively participated in the testimony of the young people who had lived the experience and the presentation of their conclusions in the Legislature.
While Enrique Palmeyro added: «The University, the Municipality and the Agency make an education a reality that reaches not only the head but also the heart and hands as proposed by Pope Francis through Scholas.»
“Today we have the opportunity to reach out to those who are the future of the country, the boys and girls […] and even the university students, for that reason also the University of Meaning. And that we have the opportunity to be participating in this is exciting ”, highlighted Hugo Juri.
Matias Anconetani added: “When they approached us with the proposal to collaborate and accompany this initiative for us, there was nothing to think about […] with how difficult it has become for young people […] to find spaces where they can dialogue [.. .] We have been able to see the experience of the last virtual meetings during the pandemic and we are really fascinated with the results, more convinced than ever of why to accompany this».
Daniel Passerini explained: “We make the commitment to this educational pact because we are absolutely convinced that it is a path that must be traveled together […] We committed ourselves that Cordoba has to move towards that. We have educational and municipal parks, which will be the first stage for Scholas activities […] We want to start working now. Thank you very much for letting us be part of this”.
On behalf of the Deliberative Council of Cordoba, Sandra Trigo, provisional president, and Bernardo Knipscheer, first vice president, were present. Natalin Faravelli, Scholas Argentina coordinator, and the training and program coordinators of Scholas Cordoba, Cristian Garcia Alamo and Rene Reyes, were also present.
This document will be delivered by hand to Pope Francis in the coming days of February by the Scholas World Directors.