COVID-19- Horacio Rodríguez Larreta to the young people of Scholas: «We are all in the same boat rowing together.»

The Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, capital city of the Argentine Republic, engaged in a dialogue with 137 young people from around the globe at the IV World Youth Cyber Meeting for Coronavirus, organised by Scholas.«

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta talks with Scholas youths

As part of the Virtual Youth Encounters organised by Scholas with the blessing of Pope Francis, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires, and Diego Fernández, Secretary of Social and Urban Integration of the City of Buenos Aires, talked with students from 60 cities worldwide.
“Thank you for the invitation and for the opportunity. To tell you the truth, I am pleased to be here with you sharing this difficult experience which we are all going through […]”, said the Chief of Government of the City of Buenos Aires at the beginning of the session.

Beatrice, from the city of Pisa in Italy, told him how she, as a teenager, is coping with this moment in the company of other young people from around the world: “I am very happy to be able to tell you that these meetings are unique because they represent for me—and I think I speak for the other students—a beacon of light in the midst of darkness. For us young people, these are trying times and everyone is feeling it in their own skin. Thanks to Scholas, we are reflecting on simple topics, such as the way we look at things, how we perceive time, especially our own time, which is a very beautiful and important thing. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Scholas for listening to us, for teaching us to discover the beauty of listening to others.

José María del Corral, founder of Scholas alongside Enrique Palmeyro and Jorge Bergoglio, pointed out that young people from the “beloved Barrio 31-Padre Mugica” were present at the meeting and that we are all “rowing together.”

In this sense, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, commented: “It is true, we are all in the same boat rowing together […] I belong to a different political party than the President, and the truth is that today there is no such difference in terms of work […] All of us are a single team, with the national government, with other Argentine provinces […] with the neighbours of the City of Buenos Aires […]”

Likewise, he added: “I think it’s nice […] that there are children from Barrio 31, […] where we have been working for several years on integration with the rest of the city. There Scholas has one of its most important headquarters […], which has also made it possible to integrate and involve many children from the neighbourhood—a beautiful work of integration. We have been working with Scholas for many years, on many projects. Honestly, this is a great pleasure for me, because it always conveys very positive values to the children, and it always generates this interaction with children from all over
the world, who surely have a lot to learn from each other. The City has always supported and will continue to support Scholas’ work […]”.

Before bidding farewell, he expressed his gratitude for the invitation and described this initiative as “very good”.

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