Located in San Miguel de Tucumán, Argentina, Joseph Engling School offers special services to children with learning difficulties.
Application of the Schoenstatt pedagogical model to the
The school was founded in 1997 by María Victoria Coviello de Tejerizo as aresponse to those adolescents and youths with learning difficulties. In this institution, these students are formed in basic mastery for occupations connected to practical labor. They reevaluate their expectations and formulate future educational projects and work.
The students in this institution are educated in the pedagogy of confidence and attachments. It sponsors the development of healthy activities of exchange with one’s neighbor in a warm atmosphere where they are contained. There they experience the feeling of “home and nest,” where they deepen and heal attachments, and then transfer healthy experiences to their families and where they will be later on in life.
The commitment which the institution has as an educational community with society is the creation of the new man based on values, with ideals, with love for one’s neighbor and for what one does, for liberty and for life. Each day which passes is an opportunity to be better, in spite of the circumstances. The future cannot be foretold, but projecting what they desire can plan each day: “ a new man” protagonist of his own mission.
Inspired on the pedagogy and spirituality of Schoenstatt, the entire school personnel – the owner and foundress, the teachers, the technical team, the aides and even the parents – work with the pedagogical proposal of Father Joseph Kentenich, founder of the Schoenstatt Movement.
The school offers workshops on formation pertaining to work: woodworking, agriculture,gardening/orchard husbandry and
floriculture, apprenticeships for insertion into the world of work. The students receive catechesis, phyical education, music, working with plastics, computer science and life formation; tours and recreational-educational excursions are planned, and there is space for gardening/orchard husbandry and floriculture.
Parents collaborate in the formation of “home and nest”
As a Catholic institution, it attends to the formation of Christian values and morality. Those who wish may seal their Covenant of Love with Mary, make their first Holy Communion, and receive the sacrament of Confirmation. They can also be coordinators for the Pilgrim MTA in the Schoenstatt Rosary Campaign and take the Pilgrim MTA to homes.
All of this is in a climate of respect and free acceptance. Emphasis is placed on the family as an important nucleus for society and as a center of development for the youths. Already they have mothers who are coordinators and a group of families who aspire to join the Schoenstatt Family Work for their formation and growth.
The Joseph Engling School forms part of the international group of Kentenich Schools, inspired on the pedagogy and spirituality of the Apostolic Schoenstatt Movement and has the advice of the Kentenich Pedagogical Center (CPK) of Argentina and its director, Father Guillermo Carmona.
Information and contact:
Colegio José Engling
San Miguel de Tucumán
Tel: +54 (0)381 – 4305227
Translation: Carlos Cantú, Schoenstatt Family Federation, La Feria, Texas USA 12302011