• The meeting, organized by the Scholas Foundation, had the participation of various personalities from art, technology and sport
• • Scholas México and boxing were present through Héctor and Mauricio Sulaimán.
Vatican City, June 5, 2020:
On the occasion of World Environment Day, Pope Francis delivered a message to young people connected through the #ScholasVirtual platform in 170 cities around the world. T
he meeting organized by the Scholas Foundation, began with a historical review of this organization which began in Buenos Aires as a simple idea of the then Bishop Jorge Bergoglio and its current world directors, José María del Corral and Enrique.
On this tour, it was possible to remember the encounter with the singer Bono, from U2, as well as Lionel Messi and Gianluigi Buffon who were part of the worldwide launch of Scholas. We also remember other significant moments such as the encounters of Israeli and Palestinian youth, and that of young Americans with their Cuban counterparts; as well as the magical encounter of San Antonio de los Cobres, in Argentina. In addition, it was recalled how little by little Scholas has created bridges and open doors throughout the world with the establishment of its 15 regional headquarters, in 190 countries, including Mexico, as well as the most recent ones such as Mozambique, Haiti, United States, Japan, Chile, and now its virtual headquarters.
Mexico and boxing were part of this historical journey with the participation in this virtual meeting of Héctor Sulaimán, President of the Advisory Council of Scholas México and Mauricio Sulaimán, President of the World Boxing Council and who directs the BoxVal Boxeo con Valores program at the international level . Scholas has transcended the borders of soccer and has reached boxing with the Sulaimán family in Mexico, hockey, baseball, basketball and even surfing in Mozambique. Because life is a game that is played with others and sport teaches us shared passion.
An education that does not listen is not education
During the virtual meeting, Pope Francis told the Scholas community: “Education creates culture, or it does not educate. An education that does not listen, does not educate. Education teaches us to celebrate, or it does not educate. Anyone can tell me: “How? Isn’t educating knowing things?” … That is knowing, but educating is listening, creating culture, celebrating. And so Scholas grew. Not even these two madmen, the “founding fathers” can tell you laughing, they imagined what educational experience in the Diocese of Buenos Aires, after 20 years, would grow as a new culture.”Likewise, he highlighted his message in three languages: “Language of the head, heart and hands, synchronized. Head, heart and hands growing harmoniously. I saw in Scholas Japanese teachers and students dancing with Colombians; It is impossible? I saw it! I saw young people from Israel playing with those from Palestine. I saw them! To Haitian students thinking with Dubai students. To the children of Mozambique painting with those of Portugal. I saw an olive tree between East and West creating a culture of encounter.”
With regard to the current health crisis caused by COVID 19, the Pope stated that: “Crisis originally means rupture, shortcut, opening, danger, but also opportunity. The Council of the wise: Never go into the crisis alone, go accompanied.”