SACBC TRAINING COURSE ON MIGRATION FOR PASTORAL AGENTS - Hazyview (Mpumalanga) Jul 2019
The main target group of this activity, funded by the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, are pastoral agents operating at the border of South Africa and Zimbabwe, including: religious leaders, priests, sisters, lay volunteers and workers. Beneficiaries were identified and selected with the assistance of the local Archdiocese and the SACBC Office for Migrants and Refugees Department (headed by Archbishop Buti Tlhagale, fr. Patrick Rakeketsi and Maria Lourdes Rissini, a Scalabrini Sister). SIHMA gave a huge contribution in organizing content and management of the course. In the spirit of collaboration, the training of pastoral agents, amongst its objectives, intends: to foster the understanding of migration issues in South Africa and the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and social teachings of the Catholic Church on human mobility; to forge more coordination and cooperation among faith-based and civil society organisations in upholding the rights and empowerment of migrants; to build the capacities of religious workers and laypersons towards a specialized assistance to migrants in different local communities. A consistent amount of material for formation has been produced and shared in partnership with the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office, JRS and SACBC.