Around 50 Church Schools officials attended a conference in Malta which was held at the Archbishop’s Curia.
The conference was organised by the European Committee for Catholic Education (ECCE) in collaboration with Secretariat for Catholic Education on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 November, the Curia said in a statement.
The conference started with celebrating mass which was presided over by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi.
Various themes, initiatives, and practices related to Catholic education were discussed by delegates hailing from 27 different countries. They also discussed the formation of educators in post-secular pluralistic societies.
During the meeting in Malta, the delegates voted to become members of OIDEL, an NGO specialized in the right to education and freedom of education, with Consultative Status with ECOSOC, UNESCO and the Council of Europe.
The delegates welcomed the announcement on the international meeting on education will be held at the Vatican, in May 2020. ‘Reinventing the Global Educational Alliance’ is aimed at world leaders and young people. Backing the initiative, Pope Francis had said that the meeting “will rekindle our dedication for and with young people, renewing our passion for a more open and inclusive education, including patient listening, constructive dialogue, and better mutual understanding.”
Delegates hailed from Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Spain, France, Greece, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Malta, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Romania, Scotland, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine.