Training on the safeguarding of minors and persons in situations of vulnerability, Kigali, 9th day

On this 9th day of our formation, our confrere Prosper Harelimana, JPIC-ED Coordinator of the Society, presented to us the theme of “Safeguarding as a matter of Justice and Peace“. He showed us that in many African cultures, a child must be protected and cherished by his or her parents and those around him or her. Unfortunately, children can be abused under the pretext of cultural values. For this, we, missionaries, must be aware that children are human beings with the same dignity, protected by the human rights, and not objects. It is necessary to find a balance between what their education and duties entail and the acts of abuse they may suffer, such as sexual assault. The ministry of Safeguarding implies social fairness. To deepen this subject, we took the time to work in groups by provinces. 

In the afternoon, Brother Fabien Bulaimu, a member of the Congregation of the Marist Brothers, gave a conference on the need to prevent child abuse in our pastoral contexts. He addressed it mainly in the context of initial and on-going formation. Safeguarding is an integral part of our commitment to pastoral and formative ministry.

Safeguarding is our commitment

By: Alex Manda, Clément Kpatcha, Guy Sawadogo, Lowrent Kamwaza (News Team)

Training on the safeguarding of minors and persons in situations of vulnerability, Kigali, 2nd day

This second day of our training session was marked by two interventions. In the morning, we welcomed Dr. Angela Rinaldi, professor at the Institute of Anthropology of the Pontifical Gregorian University. She articulated the relationship that exists between Safeguarding and The Right Use of Power in Pastoral Ministry. She underpined that power is a gift for good to be exercised in a responsible way by respecting other people’s dignity.

In the afternoon, while reminding us that we are the “guardians of our brothers” (Genesis 4:9), our confrere Peter Mateso situated the ministry of safeguarding in the historical context of our Society and in the vision of our founder Cardinal Charles Lavigerie. From the outset, the Society has been sensitive and strived to commit itself to this mission of protection of minors and vulnerable persons.

We ended the day with the sharing and listening to the experiences of our confreres.

Safeguarding is our commitment.

By: Alex Manda, Clément Kpatcha, Guy Sawadogo, Lowrent Kamwaza (News Team)