Thursday , 21 February 2019

Celebrating 50 yrs of teacher’s teams in India

Fr Walter de Sa
It is an acknowledged fact that several organizations have emerged in society as well as in the Church to cater to and to address various needs and concerns of people. One such organisation came into existence in the Catholic Church back in 1942 in France. It was founded and christened Equipes Enseignantes (Teacher’s Teams) by Fr Michel Duclercq. Today it is an international Catholic lay organisation.
It all began with a small group of teachers working in state schools in France and soon struck deep roots and, like the mustard seed, saw its growth and expansion in all the four corners of the world. Its dynamic leader, Helene Pronet was instrumental in sowing the seeds of this movement in the fertile Indian Soil in Neyveli, Tamilnadu in 1966, from where it spread to Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Poduchery, Ranchi, Maharashtra and Goa. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India granted it official recognition in 1991.
The central committee thought it wise to celebrate the golden jubilee of Teachers’ Teams of India (TT) in Goa with a solemn Eucharistic celebration to be presided over by archbishop, Filipe Neri Ferrao on May 21 at 10 a.m., at Cruz dos Milagres Church, Old Goa. The event will also include a two-day national seminar on the theme ‘Eliminating Violence against Children in the Family and in the School’ which will be facilitated by director, Sethu Centre for Child Development and Family Guidance, Nandita de Souza.
Its chief aim is to bear witness to human and gospels values through teaching apostolate. The TT movement has adopted a threefold approach namely – see, judge and act. It facilitates members to analyse life situations, evaluate them in the light of faith and commit themselves to the service of students and others, specially disadvantaged ones. Members hold monthly meetings where issues pertaining to school, family neighbourhood, the village, etc, are examined in the light of the word of God. Such an approach leads one to foster collaboration and team spirit.
A wide range of activities are conducted to enhancement quality of teachers and students. Regional and national residential seminars are organised annually. Goa region has had the privilege of hosting three national seminars in Goa. During the span of fifty years, forty-four national seminars have been uninterruptedly organised. Indian delegates have actively participated in the Asian Continental and World Meet. A wide range of topics have been dealt with, like, roles of teachers and parents, integral and sustainable development, empowerment of women, problems of adolescence, curbing corruption, human rights, ICT culture, social justice, moral values, peace and communal harmony, etc.
As the golden jubilee is being celebrated, the TT Movement in India is thankful to God for his protection and guidance that has enabled so many teachers to give their best towards the formation and transformation of students entrusted to their care. May this event help members rededicate themselves with greater commitment and enthusiasm to serve the world of education in our country.

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