International Summer Schools

Where New EoC Entrepreneurs Are Born

by Antonella Ferrucci

from the EoC Report 2014-2015 on the "Economy of Communion - A New Culture" no. 42 Editorial insert of Città Nuova no. 2 - 2016 - February 2016

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For some years now, as a fundamental part of the EoC "youth project", International EoC Schools are held around the world. Although different from each other, the schools inevitably turn out to be places where true vocations to the Economy of Communion and new EoC entrepreneurs are born. It could be for the places that serve as their venues (the Little Towns of Focolare) or for the care with which they are planned and run, but it is a fact that they create a unique atmosphere that leaves young people, once back at home, with the desire to live for something great and gives them the certainty of not being alone in dreaming about a different world. The faces of the young participants you can see on this page will easily confirm it.
We have already written about the School EoC held in Nairobi in May in the previous EoC insert in July 2015. Now we tell you about the summer schools.

Prague (Czech Republic), 24-28/08/2015: Let’s create our future! It is in our hands!

65 young people from 16 different countries attended the fourth European EoC Summer School N42 Pag 12 Scuole Edc Praga 02 rid(after Lisbon, Madrid and Paris) held at the Mariapolis Centre in Vinor, near Prague. For the first time there were young participants from Russia and South Korea and Eastern European countries were very well represented by young people from Ukraine, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Macedonia and Albania. 60% of the young people had not known the EoC, many came using the grants provided by a European project: for most of them the EoC was a fascinating discovery. Only two echoes: "I spent the best week of my life here: if someone had told me before that I was going to have this experience, I would not have believed them"; "I was not one of you before, but now maybe I am."

Vargem Grande Paulista – SP (Brazil), 26-30/10/2015: Connecting dreams, spreading a new culture

N42 Pag 12 Scuole Edc Brasile 04 ridThe Mariapolis Ginetta welcomed 50 young people from Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and Cuba, accompanied by a dozen entrepreneurs. There were two important instances: one of them was the visit to San Paolo, discovering the inequalities that moved Chiara Lubich in '91. It began with a tour of the elegant streets of the city and continued with a visit to the children of the Afago social work and a possibility to watch the "bomb" video of Chiara with the launch of the EoC in the same room where everything happened in 1991. Shortly after, Armando Tortelli, a "pioneer" of the first generation of EoC entrepreneurs, announced the availability of the entrepreneurs present for the young people to be followed individually, accompanying them in the realization of their dream, in what has been called "operazione uno per uno (operation one for one)". The overflow of emotion was palpable in the room. Upon the delivery of the certificates, each young person recounted their dream by calling the entrepreneur whom they wished to ask to follow them. The strong impression is that in Latin America there is now a second generation of EoC that runs parallel to the first.

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