47 ° annual conference of the Catholic Education Council of Thailand (CECT)

At the invitation of Father François-Xavier Decha Arpornratana, General Secretary of the CECT, we were able to participate in this meeting, which was held from August 20th to 23rd in Pattaya. The theme of the Conference was “New horizons for Catholic education in Thailand.” Almost 500 people (priests, nuns, schools administrators, teachers) took part in this Conference, under the Presidency of Monsignor Louis Jamnien Santisukniran, responsible for Catholic education under the conference of the Bishops of Thailand. During this Conference, Father Decha stated in particular that the CECT organised workshops and seminars on the topic of the objectives and processes of teaching within the framework of the paradigm of reflexive pedagogy. For five years, this programme has been presented more than 45 times to approximately 1,500 teachers from fifteen schools. The reflective educational paradigm comes from the Ignatian thought. It is a learning and teaching method based on the spiritual exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. It advocates a holistic vision of the world. The main three elements are experience, reflection and action. The Ignatian pedagogy uses this dynamic method to “accompany the learners in their growth and development.