20th December 2016

NEWSLETTER Nº33

January 2019

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Editorial

We started to wish each other a Happy New Year and it is an excellent tradition. Each year, we thus have the opportunity to take time for hope, to take some breath, that we express in terms of a fulfillment “to come”. So, let us hope that your commitment to Catholic schools will be fulfilled in a short time! We wish you from the bottom of our heart, in the Light of Him who came, one Christmas night, to visit us, and above all to save us. May every Catholic school in the world become a living nativity, in which God the Savior comes to visit us.

For the OIEC, 2019 will be an important year, with the New York Congress and the General Assembly that will precede it. Two moments during which we can experience this fabulous project of encounter and solidarity, dialogue and friendship, universality and Christian hope between delegations from all over the world. The founding project of the OIEC!

The general assembly will mark the high point of our associative life, that in which are chosen the operating rules of our project, its leaders and its animators. This time is rare (once every four years) and like all that is rare, it is precious! Let’s take it to the extent. Since the last GA of Rome, in 2015, new constituent members have joined us: Djibouti, Turkey, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Albania, Ukraine, Nigeria …. Two sub regions were created: in West Africa, and in Central Africa. But there is still a lot of work to be done if we want to better accomplish our mission. The General Assembly will therefore be important in more than one way, and we hope that the vast majority of members will be able to attend.

As for the Congress, it must be the recreation of the OIEC project. In liaison with the regional secretariats, the OIEC’s mission is to represent the world’s Catholic schools in international organizations. It should bring to these organizations, to the states which are their members, to the NGOs represented there, Christian hope as a strong contribution to their own representations of the world. In New York, we will have to show the world that Catholic schools are a ferment in the dough. The more we will be numerous, the more we will share experiences on the five continents, the more we will represent countries and the stronger will be the scope of our commitment to the service of a solidarity humanism. This means that the OIEC is no longer just an “organization”, self-centered on its internal problems, but a prophet who, like John the Baptist, cries in the desert to announce the One who comes.

Happy New Year everyone!

Philippe Richard
Secretary general of the OIEC

Preparation of the next OIEC Congress


1. Regularly visit the website https://www.oieccongress.com/ Here you will find all Congress information updated daily.
2. Please send us as soon as possible the expected registrations with your organization/ congregation: congres2019@oiecinternational.com
3. As of November, you will be able to register the members of your delegation directly on the website (please see hereafter).
4. Communicate widely within your organization/ congregation about this Congress. This Congress, which takes place every 4 years, is the visible part of the iceberg. We must succeed in celebrating Catholic education in the world and share with the world our universal hope that education can save the world. May every organization and congregation mobilize for this! We are not allowed to fail at this appointment.


To date, we have exceeded the threshold of 200 registrations. But, on all continents, there are still many members who have not yet formed their delegation. We hope we can count on them in the coming weeks. Individual registrations are now possible on the website https://www.oieccongress.com/ For more information, do not hesitate to contact Camille Chevallier, congres2019@oiecinternational.com

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NUMBER OF ROOMS RESERVED FOR THE CONGRESS AT THE HOTEL EMPIRE IS NOT EXTENSIBLE!! AND THE PRICE OF AIRLINE TICKETS WILL GRADUALLY INCREASE! IT IS TIME TO REGISTER NOW IN ORDER TO BENEFIT FROM THE BEST CONDITIONS IN NEW YORK.

You can now register directly on the website: https://www.oieccongress.com/registration/

3rd General Assembly of OIEC Central Africa (Libreville/Gabon)


The member countries of OIEC Central Africa met in Gabon from 18 to 22 December. Cameroon, Gabon, Congo Brazzaville and Equatorial Guinea were represented. Chad and the CAR were missing, whose new leader is Fr. Edgard Mercier KEKET NGBANDA who replaces our dear friend Paul Guinimanguimi. During this GA, participants spoke about “Educate to fraternal humanism, to build a civilization of Love”. This meeting for the members of this sub-region of the OIEC was to prepare for the New York Congress.

 


 

 


 

 


 

 

Representation of the OIEC to the international organisations


 

The ETR (the transversal representation team) which, under the responsibility of Michel Bertet, brings together all OIEC’s representatives to the international organizations, publishes each month an information sheet on its activities. From now on, we will regularly send you this letter together with the NL.

Bulletin ETR n°4 Janvier 2019 EN

AGENDA OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL

January 8, New York. Congress Steering Committee
January 9, Washington. Meeting with the Apostolic Nuncio in the USA, Mgr Christophe Pierre. Working session at the World Bank to prepare a study on the weight of Catholic schools in the world’s economic development.
January 10 and 11, Rome. Forum of Rome, animation of the thematic group “education”.
17 January, Strasbourg, Council of Europe. Seminar organized by OIEC-UNAEC
January 18, Geneva, Switzerland
January 22, Madrid, Spain. Work meeting with Congress sponsors
January 23, Rome. Meeting of the financial commission of the OIEC
January 24 to 25, Rome. OIEC Steering Committee Meeting
January 31, Brussels, Belgium, meeting of the ASBL Education and Development