DON BOSCO INSTITUTE OF PHILOSOPHY, IBADAN NIGERIA
Affiliated to the Salesian Pontifical University (ROME)
The Don Bosco Institute of Philosophy (DBIP) is an Institute owned and managed by the Society of St Francis De Sales (Salesians of Don Bosco) of the Anglophone West African Province (AFW) which comprises of Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
Saint John Bosco, popularly known as Don Bosco (Italian for Father Bosco) was born at Becchi, in Piedmont, Italy on August 16, 1815. From a very young age, he had decided that he had been called to work for the poor boys of that era when Europe was under the grip of the Industrial Revolution, and many young people who came to the cities to study or in search of work fell an easy prey to the many social evils of the time.
After being ordained a priest of the Catholic Church in 1841, Don Bosco came to the rescue of these poor boys with his novel method of educating youth through total dedication and personal involvement in their lives and problems.
To ensure that his total dedication to their cause shone through his actions, he based his education on the three great principles of Reason, Religion and Loving-Kindness, loving those to whom he dedicated his life as a caring father, and doing everything possible for their welfare. Don Bosco was attuned to the needs of his society. He did not visualize education in isolation from the community within whose parameters it functioned. Vocational guidance, vocational training, job placement and follow-up were as integral to Don Bosco’s scheme of things as they are in modern education.
The system of education that emerged from these principles of Don Bosco is popularly known as the Preventive System and is the system that is followed in the Don Bosco Institute of Philosophy, Ibadan Nigeria.
Joseph Zoppi, the Swiss educationist said, “If there ever existed a method of education adapted to inspire confidence and love, it is the method of Don Bosco.” The system aims at creating a generation of young men and women steeped not only in sound knowledge-based education but also in a strong value-based education for life.
The Salesian pedagogical style is a distinctive educational philosophy and method of Don Bosco, expressed and promoted by the Don Bosco Institute of Philosophy.
The style is a close attention to the inter-relationship between culture, religion, science, technology, education, professional ethics and integrity of life.
It promotes the spirit of family, characterized by the presence of educators and administrators among and for the students.
It is an academic and educative style of relationship founded on reason, religion and kindness which are the pillars of the educational philosophy of Don Bosco (Preventive System of Education).
Special attention is given to the formation of educators in the field of technology, work, and the world of communications with efforts to promote in society formative programs that impact educative processes as well as strategies and policies for youth research, teaching, study and cultural services aimed to know better the situation of youth, especially the most disadvantaged, in order to bring about their positive transformation.