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CENTRAL AFRICA CHAPLAIN SESSION

Date: 11th to 14th May 2017

“Apostolic accompaniment in the university/college milieu in the Central African Region”

To contribute to the chaplains’ capacity empowerment in accompanying and forming students to be positive agents of Positive social change in Central African Region.

The main focus of the project will be:

  • Chaplains’ sessions
  • Catholic student leaders forum
  • Joint session for Chaplains and students
  • Online reflection with chaplains
  • Spirituality program for students

Through this project, Pax Romana Africa hopes to benefit directly 30 people (students and chaplains) from 06 countries from the central Africa Sub region of IMCS.

SOUTH AFRICA SUB-REGION SUMMIT

IMCS AFRICA BACKDROP

Date: 02nd  to 05th February 2017

Venue: Zimbabwe

The main aims and objectives of the summit:

  • Connecting identities
  •  Give a better understanding of what IMCS is and its functional operations.
  • Ensuring active (discussions) participation in issues of constant dynamic changes and issues in society.
  • Learn, discuss, exchange experiences and reinforce the role of the movement in all levels of participation.
  • Foster solidarity between national/local movements within the sub region.
  • Discuss issues pertaining to Catholic students in higher learning sectors and also offer suggestions as solution
  • Promote dialogue towards a healthier society by designing frameworks and curriculum development through forums and networking.
  • Disseminating good educational practices and methodologies by equipping attendees to global interdependence and multilateral approaches that promote peaceful and inclusive societies.
  •  Promote faith and education developmental strategies.

Participants: Zambia, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana

IMCS SASR Report template clic here:IMCS SASR National Reports 2017 Extended parts

“Apostolic accompaniment in the university/college milieu in the Central African Region

The chaplaincy is not an entity per-se but a function, a service within the student community. In our local churches, bishops, priests and the laity freely discuss the importance of chaplaincy in the university milieu. In reality however there appears to be some incompatibility between this purpose and the priests ‘the chaplains’ and pastoral workers’ assignment to student chaplaincy. There is a shortage of the clergy in the church, but that alone cannot adequately explain the situation. There is lack of effective and coherent knowledge on our pastoral priorities as well as on some issues and challenges posed by the university to the church and its mission in Africa. Most of the clergy are overwhelmed with duty and could not devote enough time to the pastoral activities of students. All that points to the lack of adequate knowledge on the chaplain’s status and significance in the entire pastoral activity of our churches. Most of the institutions of higher learning in Africa do not have fulltime chaplains.  There are volunteer priests who apparently have other duties to play within the assigned parishes.  It is important to note that the student milieu is a propitious place for the elaboration of a different conception of the church, a church in which all are responsible (through our baptism and confirmation) for the evangelization of the milieu, a church in which we all listen to the word of God and in which we seek a Christian lifestyle. In this way we can argue that the problem of apostolic accompaniment is not just a matter of priests (for chaplains) but for the whole Christian community.

  • Bring together university Catholic Chaplains so as to share best practices from institutions of higher learning.
  • To develop commitment    and    deepening    of    faith.
  • To create awareness and sharpen the analysis of students on the African and Global reality.
  • To formulate transformative impact bearing pastoral and social activities in the student milieu based on the African and Global reality.
  • To develop students’ initiative and commitment to the evangelization of the   student and university environment. • To form an open platform for chaplains and student leaders to discuss and exchange reality on the ground and the needs of apostolic accompaniment.
  • To provide feedback and recommendation to National Episcopal conferences on how best to promote student apostolate in institutions of higher learning.
  • To discuss and upgrade the approaches of evangelizing in higher learning institution both student leaders, patrons & matrons and chaplains in the wake of social media.
  • To make an action plan on the recent Synod Documents (Africae Munus, Laudato Si, Amoris laetitia)
  •  To plan on an effective the implementation strategy and approach of the spirituality program established by the regional office of IMCS.

Ewaste project: “Our Earth, Our Common Home” PAX ROMANA AFRICA RESPONSE TO THE ECOLOGICAL CRISIS NOWADAYS

Pax Romana as lay movement in the Catholic Church seeks through this project to promote and disseminate  innovative ways in line with the new encyclical released by the Holy Father Pope Francis on sustainable ecological. The target groups of concern are tertiary students, Pax Romana alumni and the community disadvantage youth of the target project area.

This worldwide wakeup call of Pope Francis to help humanity to understand the destruction that man is rendering to the environment and his fellow man; need to be put into action to save our common home.

The main focus of the project will be:

  • Ecological education through capacity building and awareness campaign
  • E-waste management through small business creation focusing on collection
  • Elaboration of public policy framework for Africans countries towards E-waste management
  • Research on E-waste management

Through this project, Pax Romana Africa hopes to train directly 225 youth, to create ten (10) businesses on E-waste collection, to come up with a public framework policy on E-waste management for African countries.

The indirect beneficiary will be 3,125 and the society at large.

The project will be run in collaboration with the Catholic Professional bodies at National level (International Catholic Movement of Intellectual and Cultural Affairs-ICMICA Pax Romana members).

Dates:

Stakeholders meeting in Nairobi Kenya, 11th November 2016.

Training of trainers on e-waste management, resource mobilization and business plan: 24th to 26 th November 2016

Food security project: STUDENT ENGAGEMENT IN FILLING AND IMPLEMENTING POLICY GAPS IN FOOD AND NUTRITION SECURITY IN AFRICA

The project will be implemented in Africa where Agriculture is the central element of economic growth and poverty reduction. More specific, the project will target young people who are increasingly been looked at as the key transformers of food security in countries that have been ranked bottom in terms of food security despite have fertile lands for agriculture. The African Union has declared 2014 to be the year of Agriculture and several policies are been pursued towards this goal.

First phase: Kenya

Second phase: Malawi, Zambia

Third phase: Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Mali.

Implementation third phase: 21-22-23rd  October 2016 (Burundi), 4-5-6th  November 2016 (Cote d’Ivoire)

Peace project: “Peace building, justice and reconciliation: the role of tertiary students”

Foster and expand the participation of youth in peace building, promote and facilitate intercultural dialogue and tolerance among young people from the post conflict area and wider including other multicultural areas in the six countries.

Date: 21st to 23rd July 2016

Venue: Bangui, Central Africa Republic

PREPARATION FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF 60 YEARS OF IMCS IN AFRICA

Greetings from the Organizing team of 60 years anniversary of IMCS Africa,
IMCS Africa will soon be commemorating her 60 years of existence and mission within the Catholic students’ community in Africa.  The regional coordination office has started working towards that. These are the ongoing actions  in collaboration with the 26 countries affiliated :

  1. Collecting national movements’ history
  2. Collecting national movements’stories.
  3. Designing Logo for the commemoration 60 years existence of IMCS in Africa
  4. Preparing Anthem for IMCS AFRICA
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