News – First Annual Congress Brings Latin American Educators Together

Published on Feb 18, 2015

The first “Latin American Congress of Education with ISKCON,” held earlier this month, brought together ISKCON educators from all over South America, along with prospective collaborators.

Their goal was to create effective networks amongst each other, share inspiring reports of educational efforts; identify strengths and challenges faced in ISKCON education in South America; and develop practical proposals for implementation.

The event ran from January 30th to February 1st, at the Padre Hurtado Cultural Centre in Santiago, Chile. Over 100 people from Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Uruguay, Mexico and Chile attended. A further 50 or so participated by webcam through, including speakers from India, Australia, and the U.S.

The program began on Friday evening with ISKCON Chile president Amara Gauranga Das welcoming everyone. Mathuresa Das, a member of the Latin American GBC body, then read out a warm letter of regard from the GBC, in which they acknowledged the essential place of education in ISKCON.

The ISKCON Ministry of Education’s Executive Secretary Ramgiridhari Das followed, giving a presentation via webcam from Mumbai on the history of education in ISKCON. He pointed out how serious changes had to be made to the system to help students better find their place in ISKCON. He also spoke about the Ministry’s contribution in organizing events in Europe, North America, and now for the first time, in South America.

The next day, Hanumatpresaka Swami — the event’s chairman and a member of the Ministry of Education’s Executive Committee — gave a presentation on the Philosophy of Education.

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