A course to safeguard minors offered by the Formation Institute within the Gozitan Church is recognised and accredited by the Authority for Advanced and High Education. In recent days the graduation of 36 persons who attended the course took place with one course being offered in Gozo and the other in Malta.
Over the last five years many have been involved in this work by the Church to safeguard children, including members of the clergy, catechists and group leaders, such as the scouts as well as others. The course is offered by the Diocese Pastoral Ministry of Gozo whose aims so far have concentrated on the formation in the protection of minors sector.
Gozo Bishop Anton Teuma conducted the graduation ceremony of the 36 people who successfully completed the course and said this is a diocese mission offering Christian formation.
He said the quest of the Gozitan Church is that all its members form part of this institute and make possible the analysis of various themes allied to Christian life such as human sciences, social and cultural sciences and to enable them to get a hands-on experience of these so as to foster not only the transmission of ideas but also contributing to the formation of the heart-feelings of people.
Bishop Teuma praised the work of the Institute’s first Director, Fr Joseph Farrugia who was given new responsibilities as well as Fr Noel Debono, the new Director. The Institute is working to create further courses that will be accredited by the educational authorities, including liturgy and for those that work with the vulnerable.