MOSAIKO Institute of our Dominican brothers in Angola organized a Social Week on a topic of vital importance, namely, "Equal Opportunities". It will take place from 27 to 31 January 2015 in Luanda, Angola. The objective of these five days of study, reflection and discussion is to help participants to have a greater awareness of their social responsibilities and to seek concrete ways to testify to the gospel of Christ in today’s world.

Each day participants will be reflecting on different aspects of this socially important and current topic. Tuesday, January 27, after the opening Mass at 9:00 am and the opening session at 11:00 am, participants will examine the policies of the promotion of equality, beginning at 2 pm. The second session which is scheduled at 3:30 pm will focus on gender equality and social development.

Wednesday, January 28, is dedicated to equal access to resources. In the morning the participants will discuss economic democracy and human development, the fight against poverty and irregularities in Angola. In the afternoon they will address the question of the survival of agriculture and the fight against poverty in rural communities in southern Angola.

Thursday, January 29, the participants will deploy all their energies on equal access to information. In the morning, reflections will focus on the right to information and the promotion of equality, and its irregularities and challenges. The reflection will continue in the afternoon concerning access to information in eastern Angola, and on the promotion of a more inclusive society, with particular emphasis on the role of journalism.

On the fourth day of their Social Week, Friday, January 30, participants will discuss the issue of equal access to education. It is question to examine public policies on education, the Angolan education system, education for life, and the education system and human development. Finally on the last day, Saturday, January 31, the day of the closing of the Social Week, participants will examine the role of the Church in the promotion of equality. The closing Mass will take place at 11:00 am.

Despite its ecclesial nature, the Social Week is also a social event open to all in order to listen to other voices and to reach out to various social leanings, either non-faith-based or other religious faith, or even other Christian confessions to promote in such a way, mutual understanding and create pillars for future collaborations.

Founded in 1997 by Dominican missionaries, the Angolan Institute Mosaiko was the first non-profit institution to explicitly take the promotion of human rights in Angola as its mission. Guided by a strong social commitment, it aims for respect for human dignity and the development of Angolan society, with the contribution of one and all.

Brother Júlio Candeeiro, OP, the current director of Mosaiko has the heavy responsibility of managing this institution in faithful compliance to the original intuition of the founders. One of his main challenges is to find grants to run the institute and realize the noble objectives of this beautiful work that is the pride of the Order in Angola and in Africa. Please feel free to bring him your financial assistance.

fr. Gabriel Samba, OP.


(27 January 2015)