The Marist Global Network of Schools, to be inaugurated next October, responds to the call of the XX General Chapter to Journey Together as a Global Family. It is a project that is being created in a collaborative way involving the whole Marist Educational Community. However, like any serious project, it involves rigour and a process, which implies following defined stages such as communication with all interested parties.
As a result of the work carried out over two years by a team representing the different Regions of the Institute, a framework document has been drawn up which lays the foundations for the further evolution of the project. It includes the following aspects, here presented in a very condensed form:
The aim of the network is: To contribute to the development, vitality, and sustainability of our Marist Mission in schools. Its scope is the secondary and pre-secondary schools that are Institute-owned or those associated with it.
The added value provided by the network will be:
- Identity and sense of belonging.
- Innovation and the quality of education and evangelisation provided.
- Commitment of students to think and work globally.
- Use of technology to share human resources and educational materials.
- Opportunities for education coordinators to relate more personally and support one another, fostering interconnection and collaboration.
As a starting point in the launching process, some principles have also been adopted as key guidelines for moving forward:
- It is to be inspired by the call and principles of the XXII General Chapter.
- It is to be a global project.
- It is to be a collaborative project.
- It is to create opportunities for sharing and maximising resources.
- It is to provide a platform for sharing.
- It is to address the whole educational community.
- It wants to contribute to the school improvement cycle.
- It is to build on existing Marist networks.
Based on these principles and guidelines, produced by a group of experts, a creative, participatory process is underway, between May and October 2021, in which we invite you to get involved.