Don Bosco International (DBI)
DBI is a platform, based in Brussels, created to facilitate dialogue between the Salesian Congregation of Don Bosco and European institutions and NGOs. It acts as a communication channelm between DB network projects and European policies dealing with education, culture and youth. Particular attention is devoted to supporting the school-to-work transition for young people. In this sense, DBI staff are in constant communication with DG EMPL and actively work on European initiatives such as the European Alliance for Apprenticeships and the Vocational Skills Week.
DON BOSCO ONDERWIJSCENTRUM (DBOC)
The DBOC (DON BOSCO ONDERWIJSCENTRUM) is the Flemish umbrella of almost all schools of Don Bosco, recognised as legal authority, by Belgian law in 1975.
Actually the board of administration is responsible for 19 schools providing pre- and primary education, 11 TVET-providers (9 exclusive TVET providers, 2 schools who provide technical and general education) and 4 schools presenting general education.
Don Bosco Social Center (Qendra Sociale Don Bosko)
Don Bosco Social Center in Tirana has been operating in Albania since 1994, with the aim to provide social, cultural, scholastic activities for children and youths with being particularly focused on attending the most disadvantaged. Its activities are: Elementary, Middle and High School; Vocational High School; Vocational Training Centre; Oratorio Youth Centre; Day Care Centre involving more than 1.500 children and young people (age 5 – 18 years old) daily.
All its activities are designed to contribute to the national strategy of economic development, and to the reduction of unemployment in the country, in line with the policies of the EU. These aim at: enabling people learning all lifelong; improving the quality of education and training; promoting equality and encouraging creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship at all levels of education and vocational training. Don Bosco VET is one of the most valued Vocational Educational Training in Albania. It has contributed to the development of this sector during the first years of the systemic transition, when the Albanian State was inexistent and unprepared for the new democratic system, by providing training for Public/Non-public VET School staff and by drawing up training programs for the VETs. The Electro-technician High School was approved by the Ministry of Education and Science (MES) License No. 340 date 28.09.2006, and provides classes in Electro-technician (4 years) using the programs approved by the MES. It operates since 2007 and by now 241 youth earned a Professional High School Diploma.
The Vocational Training Center, License No. LN-3434-05-201, operates since 2005 and by now it has certified students in areas such as Secretary; Electrician; Thermo-hydraulic; Construction Systems; Dressmaking; Social Animators; Foreign Languages (Italian & English & German Courses), for a total of 7.507 youth and adults. Approximately 70% of the youth and adults trained at Don Bosco VET of Tirana has had satisfactory occupation in the Albanian market and abroad, mostly in Europe.
Don Bosco Tech Society
Don Bosco Tech Society is a not for profit organisation established in 2006 in India with its headquarter at New Delhi. The organisation envisions to bridge the digital, social and economic divide in India by signifcantly contributing to the development of marginalized youth by enhancing the employability and life management skills. Don Bosco Tech Society addresses this endemic problem with a market-based approach that is sensitive to the socio-economic needs of youth and enabling them to gain a foothold in the competitive job market. The oragnisation is a network with more than 400 centres across 28 states in India which caters to the thousands of youth by providing them quality training in merket-driven courses along with soft and life skills for their overall development. Our mission is to skill India’s emplyment opportunities while enhancing their quality of life.
Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw
Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw is an international network of Salesian youth work offices and youth organisations which work in the style of Don Bosco. The network assemblies 18 organisations, +1.000 employees and +9.000 volunteers, who cater for over 125.000 children and young people in 16 European countries. The task of the network is to create and promote international activities for and by young people based on Human Rights, education for sustainable development and through non-formal education. Next to that we create possibilities for our member organisations to share their good practices and start-up new projects together. We hereby look to broaden the opportunities for these young people who are, through various reasons, excluded. By concrete activities of co-operation, we wish to be a living example of tolerance and mutual understanding. Together we are reaching young people from diverse backgrounds, including young people from VET centres. Furthermore, we represent the voice of Don Bosco young people on European and international level through advocacy work. For this DBYN works together with international non-governmental youth organisations, other civil society organisations and international institutions. All actions which we carry out within the network are based on the pedagogical system of Don Bosco, a pedagogical approach with a tradition of over 170 years.
Don Bosco Youth Educational Centre
The Don Bosco Youth Educational Centre was established in 2003 and remains the only catholic vocational school in Ukraine by now. The Centre provides equal and free access to vocational education, particularly to needy youth, offering various courses for young people to start with their professional lives. We equip our students with practical skills to become specialists in their sphere and serve to their comuunity as “good Christians and honest citizens” according to the will of the founder of the Salesian congregation – St. John Bosco. It neighbors with Centre is the Salesian orphanage for children -Family House “Pokrova”, containing a comfortable dormitory for our students and for orphans of for children with socially unprotected characteristics.
This academic year we have 124 students (they are 16-19 years old). The training is free of charge for all of them. The Don Bosco Youth Educational Centre trains students in the following areas: car mechanic, IT programmer, cook and carpenter. Our institution aims at helping vulnerable youth to find their place in society. The training period is 1,5 years.
Catholic school centre “Don Bosco” Technical vocational school Žepče
Is an educational institution run by Salesians of the Salesian Community of St. John Bosco, Žepče. It is registered in the Register of the Catholic Church in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Bosnia, it operates under the leadership of the Croatioan Salesian Province, based in Zagreb. Salesians through educational institutions and numerous informal educational activities, work with children and youth following the example of St John Bosco.
The Centre has two high schools -grammar school and TVET school, school workshops, a centre for children and youth – an oratory a sports hall and a student dormitory. Currently we have 354 students and 60 employees. The most common four-year curriculums are: electrician/electromechanic, welder/looksmith, CNC operator and plumber. The school strives to carry out a professional program by linking theoretical part with practical, which is conducted in two workshops. Practical clasees are performer in all curriculums. A different approach to education is carried out through a network of Catholic schools in Bosnia Herzegovina called “Catholic schools for Europe” to which our Centre belongs.
Our centre attempts to observe the trends in the work market and (re)create educationa programs accordingly. the available professions at the disposal to our new students are evaluated every year and adapted to the requirements of inditry and market in our region and in Europe.
Association for Cultural, Technical and Educational Cooperation – ACTEC
ACTEC is a Belgian NGO created in 1982 that has been working with marginalised people of the South, trough TVET projects and assistance to micro-entrepreneurs. ACTEC aims to provide underprivileged populations with both technical and vocational training, meeting the same qualitu criteria applied in Northern countries. To ensure the quality of the technical training provided by our partners, ACTEC intervenes and is committed at several levels: infrastructures and equipment, training for trainers, creation of School- Enterprises models and professional integration. ACTEC has been working with and supporting the development and reinforcement of Salesian Brothers schools since 2008 in Ecuador and DRCongo through several multiyear programs financed mainly by the belgian Government (DGD). Throughout this long-lasting cooperation, ACTEC has been learing with and from the Salesian insitutions both in the North and in the South while exchanging information and sharing expertise.
Don Bosco TECH ASEAN
Don Bosco TECH ASEAN was established in 2019 primarily to provide an opportunity for greater collaboration and networking among the 36 TVET institutions within the ASEAN region. It is estimated that 9000 marginalized youth aged 15-25 take part in vocational training courses annually. The main objectives of the association are: (1) To strengthen the cooperation, collaboration, and networking among the members; (2) To set-up efficient and quality management systems among the TVET centers, (3) To contribute to poverty reduction through increased in graduates and employment, (4) To improve the influence of Don Bosco institutions on regional & national TVET policies, and (5) To organize faculty and teacher exchanges within the network. The network is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and Don Bosco Mondo of Germany.
Don Bosco Center Shkoder
Don Bosco Center Shkoder has been operating in ALbania since 1992 with the aim to provide social, cultural, scholastic activities for childre and youths with being particularly focused on attending the most disadvantaged. Ita activities are Vocational Training Centre: Oratorio Youth centre, Boarding school. All its activities are designed to contribute to the national strategy of economic development and to the reduction of unemployment in the country, in line with the policies of the EU. These aim at enabling people learning all lifelong, improving the quality of education and training, promoting equality and encouraging creativity and innovation, including entrepreneurship at all levels of education and vocational training. Don Bosco VET is one of the most valued Vocational Education Training in Albania. It has contributed to the development of this sector during the first years of the systemic transition, when the Albanian State was inexistent and unprepared for the new democratic system by providing training for Publi/Non-public VET School staff and by drawing up training programs for the VETs. The VET Center operates since 2009 and by now it has certified students in areas such as Electrician, Thermo-hydraulic. Approximately 70% oft he youth and adults trained at Don Bosco VET of Shkoder has had satisfactory occupation in the Albanian market and abroad, mostly in Europe.
European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training – EfVET
EfVET is a pan-European umbrella professional association established in 1991, withe the main purpose of building a network of practitioners VET insitutions, to secure a voice across Europe in both European policymaking and practice arenas. EfVET represents currently 246 associations in 34 countries (including Russia and Turkey in Europe geographical region), with a reach od approximately 200.000 VET professionals and 2.000.000 learners. EfVET key areas of work can be grouped in 4 categories namely: representation at European level with the main purpose of influencing policies and decisions directly and indirectly affacting VET systems in Europe (by taking part in the working groups set up by the European Commission and other European Agencies whose work is directly related to VET); the promotion of networking opportunities among Members facilitating theur access to relevant informatio, resources and tools and acting ad a key dissemination partner in different projects and initiatives cariied out by both Menbers of EfVET. One of the highlights in terms of activities is EfVET annual Conference/Thematic Teams, bringing together annualu over 250 participants from all over Europe and high-level speakers being simultaneously a cornerstone in terms of networking adn sharing successful practices form Members with a widescale reach in terms of impact and dissemination. Furthermore EfVET has signed the EU Pact for Skills in 2021 and is member of the European Alliance for Apprenticeship since 2016.
Don Bosco Network
is a worldwide federation of Salesian development NGOs, formally registered in 2010 in Italy, whose vision, mission and actions are inspired by the values and principles expressed by the Gospel, the Teaching of the Catholic Church under the guidance of the Salesian congregation. The federation, whose headquarters are in Rome, counts on the networking among 9 NGOs, Planning and Development Offices in more than 50 developing countries. DBN promotes fundamental values of social justice, fraternity and solidarity with the most vulnerable people, especially youth, in the world. We foster international development cooperation to bring consolation and practical, coordinated help in case of global emergencies. All our partners are cooperating on a daily base with different VET centers all over the world, by offering them: capacity building of the professional staff; structural support in the management and development of the centers; the improvement and implementation of quality education leading to employment; and off course the implementation of the mission to reach out to the most vulnerable young people in society.
European Vocational Training Association – EVTA
EVTA is a leading European network in the field of Vocational Education and Training established in 1998 following the development of a cooperation programme on international mobility called Euroqualification. It comprises 15 members from 7 European countries, representing thousands of national training providers and, in certain cases, national employment services. EVTA works to facilitate the relationship between stakeholders in the field of VET, in order to enable them to share knowledge and practices on how to shape the training for the future.
EVTA activities so far have been grouped on three main axis:
–Representativeness, Policy and Advocacy referring to all activities related to insitutions and political representativeness of the network in events, conference, meetings, workin groups and towards EU insitutions, policy makers, stakeholders;
–EU project development referring to the involvement of EVTA in EU funded project as leader or partner, in cooperation with its members and/or partners.
–External Communication and Events referring to activities undertaken to promote EVTA to attract new members and establish new contacts for cooperation.