By Mr. Alberto Piedade
GEX World Councilor for Asia-Oceania
Bangkok, Thailand, 25 November 2018 -- During four days from 22-25 November some 30 or more Presidents and Delegates of various Don Bosco Past Pupils Federations met in Bangkok, Thailand with the World President Mr Michal Hort, the Vicepresident (Asia) Mr Rajesh Gupta, World Councillor for GEX Asia-Oceania Mr Alberto Piedade and World Delegate Fr Raphael Jayapalan, SDB.
This is the first meeting following the 11th EAO Don Bosco Alumni Congress in Timor Leste (October 2016). Thanks to the famous Thai hospitality (local organiser Mr Wichai Srisura, Secretary of the Thai Federation) with the logistic support of Thai Alumni and SDB, all participants from India, Japan, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Pakistan, Philippines and Timor Leste felt at home.
As has been the case with all other leadership encounters and seminars, the 6 year strategic plan for the whole World Confederation (2015-2021) is the main point of reference. Also the recently delivered 2018 Report on the GEX Asia-Oceania situation, following the animation visit in 7 countries (Japan, Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Laos, Macau and Hong Kong) is framed according to the strategic plan with concrete actions involving GEX projects and animation, Leadership School (Presidents, Councils and Delegates), Voluntary service and GEX exchange program etc).
Our hope is that the painstaking and focused work of the World Confederation leadership will affect all 23 EAO countries where thousands of young people receive a Don Bosco Education and many more SDB will be able to accompany our Past Pupils Association!