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028 - GRADUATION DAY: EMPOWERING 368 YOUTH

posted Oct 18, 2016, 9:23 AM by Don Bosco Development Society   [ updated Oct 18, 2016, 9:24 AM ]
Mumbai – 15th October 2016: The Don Bosco Development Society (DBDS) held graduation ceremony for 368 students at Don Bosco International School, Matunga. This day marked the culmination of hard work and dedication of these students from the slums of Mumbai, who completed their vocational training in Computer (Basic & Tally), Beauty Care (Skin & Hair), Tailoring, Mehandi and Spoken English. 

Fr. Rolvin D’Mello (Executive Director of DBDS) welcomed the Chief Guest Rev. Fr. Maria Arokiam (Regional Councillor of Don Bosco, South Asia) and Fr. Glenford Lowe (Rector of Don Bosco Provincial House, Matunga) He also extended his welcome to the entire gathering.

The event began with a short prayer service and by honouring Don Bosco. In his commencement address, Rev. Fr. Maria Arokiam congratulated the students and applauded the visible Nari-Shakti (women power) for their initiatives. He was also pleasantly surprised by the developmental initiatives of DBDS in the city of Mumbai. He also mentioned that Don Bosco facilities and infrastructure is not only meant for elite class but also for the poor and needy sections of the society.

This was followed by sharing of experience by the four graduating students. All of them were extremely grateful to Don Bosco for giving them excellent quality training free of cost; they also voiced out their thanks to the staff and the teachers. Ms. Sabiya Shaikh who completed the Beauty care course mentioned that if not for Don Bosco it wouldn’t have been possible for her to do this course outside – given the high fees charged in other places. 

Fr Rolvin exalted all the students to use what they have learned in either finding a job or doing a small scale entrepreneurship at home. He also thanked all the staff of DBDS and the teachers for their tremendous reach-out to such a huge number of students.

Some magnificent performances by the students in the domain of fashion show, dances and skits then followed. This part of the event was thoroughly entertaining and thrilling – the gathering enjoyed this the most. The students had also displayed various things learned by them in their training period. The students went back home refreshed by the snacks and enriched by the training.