BOSCO COLLEGE OF TEACHER EDUCATION
Bosco B.Ed College is a College of Teacher Education, Dimapur, Nagaland. It is an educational institution of the Catholic Church, belonging to and managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco, Dimapur Province. The Don Bosco Educational Society is under the Societies Registration Act of 1890: No.50 SR/ITA/600/99 of 99. Bosco College of Teacher Education is affiliated to the Nagaland University.
Don Bosco: The Educator (1815 – 1888)
John Melchior Bosco was born into a family of poor farmers on August 16, 1815 at Becchi, a hamlet near Turin, Italy. He was orphaned of his father at the tender age of two.
His mother, Margaret, took on the task of bringing up her three children with tenderness and great courage. She taught them to till the soil and to see God’s presence in the beauty of the sky, in the abundant harvest and in the storm which destroyed their vines.
A mysterious dream at the age of nine left an indelible stamp on his life. He saw himself amidst scruffy street kinds who were fighting and using abusive language. He jumped into stop the commotion, hitting out wildly with his fist. A majestic personage, who introduced himself as Jesus stopped him short. He promised to give John a teacher who would show him how to deal with the ragamuffins who, to John’s horror, had metamorphosed into ferocious beasts. At this moment a beautiful lady appeared, Mary, the mother of Jesus “Not with blows”, she said, “but with loving kindness!” And as she spoke the wild beasts became gentle lambs. She left him with an agenda for life ‘Make yourself humble, steadfast and strong”.
John saw in the dream a divine commission to work for poor and abandoned urchins. The long years that followed were directed by an amazing enthusiasm to make that dream come true, which was not without its share of humiliation and incredible hardship.
As his work acquired recognition and spread beyond the confines of Italy, Don Bosco felt inspired to begin new initiatives in order to embrace many more young people. He founded the society of ‘The Daughters of Mary Help of Christians’, and ‘The Union of Salesian Cooperators’
In the early hours of January 31st 1888, Don Bosco breathed his last. The three societies he founded bear witness to his ardent love and concern for the young. But undoubtedly, the greatest gift he has left posterity if his unique way of educating. A path based on reason, religion and loving kindness, a method that was inspired by his one magnificent obsession:
“It is enough to know that you are young for me to love you very much.”Don Bosco