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World Congress of Jesuit Alumni/Alumnae
held in Burundi

The World Congress of Jesuit Alumni/ae was held at Bujumbura, Burundi in East Africa. The theme of the congress was “For a better Africa – what have we done, what are we doing and what we ought to do.” The place was chosen specially to focus on the needs of Africa. Burundi is a country of only 8 million and the capital – Bujumbura is situated on the lake Tanganyka.

Mr. Yves Sahinguvu, the Vice-President of Burundi, inaugurated the congress. In his inaugural address, he expressed that he was proud and happy that Jesuit Alumni/ae organized such a program in Burundi and promised his cooperation for the same.

Out of the total attendance of 173 delegates from 31 countries, 19 were from India. (Africa 85, Latin America 10, North America 4, South Asia 2, Indonesia 2, Europe 50 and Australia 1).

The Indian group, which was the largest, consisted of equal number of heads of institutions and alumni/ae. Institutions represented were St. Xavier’s College – Kolkata, St. Xavier’s Loyola Hall – Ahmedabad, Loyola School – Jamshedpur, St. Stanislaus School – Mumbai, St. Joseph’s College – Darjeeling, and St. Xavier’s School – Gayaganga.

St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata was represented by a six-member delegation (Firdausul Hasan, Naresh Gupta, P.K. Mathur, Chamdan Roy Chowdhury and Debashish Moitra) led by Fr. Felix Raj, SJ, the president of the Alumni Association.

In keeping with the spirit of Nihil Ultra they actively took part in all the deliberations and activities at the Congress. The delegates from all over the globe noticed their presence. Our contribution and Father’s address were greatly appreciated by all. It was indeed a matter of pride for us that the past secretary of the SXCCAA and the current Secretary of JAAI, Sri Naresh Gupta was elected as a member of the Governing Body of WUJA.

We were privileged to have the Superior General, Fr. Adolfo Nicholas for 2 days. His message to the participants was inspiring and thought provoking. He invited the associations to be more relevant in the world and sensitive to the needs of the people.

The Indian group has decided to be of assistance to the African associations in the following areas:
  1. Teaching English to students in Rwanda, Congo and Burundi.
  2. Exchange of students between two countries.
  3. Offer to upgrade teaching skills by making available seats in B.Ed. colleges.
  4. Offer a short-term medical team to diagnose and treat patients in countries like Rwanda and Burundi.

This calls for more support and cooperation from alumni members to reach out to the poor and the marginalized ones.

F. Hasan

Gen. Secretary




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