The Organisations’ idea of education is determined by two of Don Luigi Giussani’s affirmations.
The first: “Education is the introduction to total reality”. To guide, to support, to accompany others to encounter, discover, to understand reality in all its aspects, in all its factors, in all its facets. Until we reach the decisive questions: what is, deep down, the value, the ultimate meaning of reality? Who am I, after all?
The second: an educator is someone who is committed to his or her own life. Not to some of the elements of one’s life, such as the profession, the family or politics, but someone who challenges himself with that sensitivity to destiny, in which personal problems find their genesis and nourishment”.
For this reason, we say that anyone who works with the Organisations is an educator. Because education is not the technical skill of teachers, but a life proposition that shines through in the gestures of anyone, from the founder and the administrative staff to the humblest of collaborators.
Even if the Organisations are ‘deeply rooted in Catholicism’, anyone, whatever religious or cultural tradition they might belong to, can be an educator in one of them. Don Giussani further notes: “A non-Christian can be an educator in the exact same way as a Christian can be an educator, if he or she draws on a vision of things from their tradition and is committed to it as a proposition to their own human quest, according to what it demands”.
The only condition to being an educator is a serious, total commitment to one’s own human needs.