Among the training centres that form the SAFA network (Sagrada Familia Professional Schools) - see our SAFA article: A network of chartered schools connected to the world) - one of them is of particular interest this year. The SAFA Úbeda University Centre celebrates its 75th anniversary. During all these years, it has been faithful to Father Villoslada’s initial intuition, that of training instructors, but even more, teachers, men and women, for and with others, who have an innovative attitude, a perspective of depth and social responsibility that can bring about positive change in Andalusia. More than 7,000 educators have graduated from this “Teacher Training School.”
Father Arturo Sosa took a moment, during his visit to the Jesuit communities and works in Andalusia, to come and celebrate this anniversary. Drawing on the Society of Jesus’ recently published document on education, A Living Tradition, he highlighted the ten characteristics that should define the educational institutions of the Society of Jesus. In line with the perspectives of the Universal Apostolic Preferences, he invited future teachers to contemplation and discernment, constantly seeking new avenues for the creation of a future full of hope for the younger generations.
The Deputy Director of the Sagrada Familia-Úbeda University Centre, Consuelo Burgos Bolós, outlined in a few words the orientations of her institution.
“We train teachers for our SAFA schools in the spirit that defines us. To allow everyone to access our academic programs, our students, in addition to applying for the Ministry of Education scholarships, can access the SAFA scholarship program, which covers all or part of the tuition fees and even accommodations at the university residence. We also have an agreement with Fe y Alegría Paraguay through which we offer internships to four of their teachers.