Urgent Global News
Through programs around the world, La Salle International Foundation helps people lead a better life. Featured here are some critical issues deserving our attention.
Children and Youth At Risk
March 10, 2014
In 37 countries around the world, children and youth at risk projects care for the marginalized in society. From educationally excluded children to disadvantaged girls. From street children and orphans to victims of child abuse. From drug-addicted youth to children with HIV/AIDS. The De La Salle Brothers have programs which care for the less fortunate in society and La Salle International helps to sponsor them.
In the global realm of youth and child neglect, our solutions are local. On the ground in needy areas we are helping to assist victims of child labor, victims of child trafficking and child victims of war. We help to fund migrant and refugee children, those who are disabled and children with a mental illness.
Our 295 Lasallian programs around the world together total more than $132 million USD each year. Through the support of contributing agencies and individuals, La Salle International helps to meet the needs of neglected children.
For more information about these programs, or interest in one of our facilities in a given country, contact La Salle International. Featuring a number of our programs from around the world, a brochure of our children and youth at risk programs outlines where we offer our services within individual countries. Printed copies of the brochure are available upon request from La Salle International.
Niger: Avoiding Extremism through Informational Technology
March 10, 2014
The De La Salle Brothers have a distinguished history in Niamey since 1966 when they first opened Issa Beri Secondary School as an response to the invitation of both Pope Paul VI and Hamani Diori, the President of Niger. Since that time, the school has become the best technical school in the country, a region that is pivotal in establishing stabilitiy in Africa amidst struggles to combat jhadist elements.
The professional educational personnel are quite competent, well-credentialed and very committed. The lycée has fifteen professional sections and most of them have received 100% evaluations on their management and curriculum. Programs offered by the school enable youth to find employment opportunities throughout the country in a number of professional areas:
- IT and programming
- Industrial Maintenance
- Air conditioning maintenance
- Office Management
In addition to the technical training, added value of the Brothers’ action in Niamey is the holistic education provided to young boys and girls who come from a very hard environment. The Brothers school is a respectful oasis where tolerance and peaceful co-existence demonstrates that religious diversity should not separate people. The secondary school stands as a model of moderation, in stark contrast to radical Islamic fundamentalists who are increasingly recruiting young people for their aggressive campaigns.
This witness and useful service for Niger youth today is struggling from the pressure of these fundamentalist movements. One way to attract students and keep them from moving towards extremist, fundamental, militant organizations is to keep the school’s educational quality at top level. This is the reason why the school needs to renovate its IT equipment (and software) for the Topography specialization.
10 computers, software license and a copy-printer machine cost 8.400 € (10.920 USD).
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