Observatory on Catholic Education

Catholic educational institutions are a remarkable presence in all continents: in the world, there are about 216 thousand Catholic schools, attended by 60 million students, and 1,760 ecclesiastical institutes and Catholic universities with 11 million students. These educational institutions are attended by youths of every culture and faith: on average, 35% of students is neither Catholic nor Christian, with a remarkable presence of Muslim and Buddhist students.
From rural schools to the largest university, a multicultural and multireligious scenario can be observed that is surprising for his vitality but, to be understood, it needs to be rigorously analyzed.
With this aim, the Congregation for Catholic Education – the “Ministry” of the Holy See to which schools and universities refer - is promoting the creation of an Observatory on Catholic Education. It will have at least two functions:
to collect statistical data world and constantly keep the overall picture updated, allowing to capture current trends and anticipate future educational challenges. This will enable the Chursh to engage in dialogue with international bodies and the different countries;
To identify the best practices realized by Catholic educational institutions and disseminate them inside and outside the Church fir a “positive contamination”.
The Observatory is organized as a consortium that includes the following universities, chosen for their geographical, but mostly for their field experience: in fact, many of them have an observatory dedicated to a specific theme or geographical area.

Australian Catholic University (Sydney, Australia)
Boston College (Boston, U.S.A.)
Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (Roma, Italia)
The University of Notre Dame du Lac (Notre Dame, U.S.A.)
Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez (Santiago, Chile)
Universidad de la Salle (Bogotà, Colombia)
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milano, Italia)

The Gravissimum Educationis Foundation is supporting the creation of the Observatory and, in the future, it will support the research projects.

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