Izaskun Marañón, delegate of the TA. in Africa, opened the ceremony. She described the presence of the Association in Equatorial Guinea and the meaning of this anniversary. Patricio Bokuma, President of the ACIT association EG., explained the main reasons for choosing the theme of this table.
A bit of history
Cristina Pascual and Antonia Piquero arrived in Equatorial Guinea in 1941 to direct a public School in Laka (now Baney). They remained there until 1969. They also worked in San Carlos (Luba), Bata, Rio Benito, Rebola and Santa Isabel (Malabo). In 1980 members of the Teresian Association (TA) returned to Malabo to teach in a public school and in 1983 the TA started a corporate presence. From 1993 to 2010, members of the Teresian Association directed San Francisco Javier de Nkue Center.
Currently, the mission is carried out in the city of Malabo, in the fields of education, health, business, public administration, family and parish ministry. Our Lady of Africa Center in Campo Yaounde, the Poveda Castroverde Clinical Laboratory and Poveda Teacher Training Center are the projects coordinated by the TA in this country.
Why the theme "THE FAMILY TODAY"?
Regarding the motivations for choosing the theme of the roundtable, which opened the celebrations, the organizers state: "Because we are convinced that the family, the place of joys and trials, is the first and fundamental school of humanity and where the identity of each person is forged.
Because we are aware of the fragility of family ties and, at the same time, we see the strength of the family to protect itself. This strength lies in their ability to love and teach love.
Because Pedro Poveda reminds us: 'Our educational task would be incomplete if we do not count on families', and he proposes an educational style centered on the person, favoring dialogue, communication, participation, and solidarity in an atmosphere of joy and fraternity."
The roundtable, coordinated by Margarita Roca, member of the Primary Association of the TA, was shared with different people who contributed their vision and approach to the Guinean family today, from various perspectives:
- Inocencio Moiché, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Malabo, responded to the question: What does the last Synod present to us regarding the family today? Using the Exhortation "Amoris laetitia," he addressed the following issues: status of divorced people, gay people, fecundity of marriage, and the challenges we have today as Church in Africa.
- José Eteo,anthropologist, vice-dean of the Department of Arts at the National University of Equatorial Guinea, approached the subject from the perspective of the values of the African family: concept of cultural value; concept of family; kinship groups, clan and lineage; traditional and modern values. He emphasized as traits of the Guinean family its rites and practices, solidarity, welcoming attitude, gratuity, forgiveness and reconciliation. Just Botau, his wife, accompanied him.
- The couple Agustín Iridi, teacher, and Georgina Bichau, nurse. From the perspective of their long experience together, they addressed the subject of the current challenges to the Guinean family: its economic reality, education of children, poor public governance, and paternity.
- Sergio Esono Abeso Tomo, state attorney, provided data on the family in the legislation of the Republic of G.E: the existence and/or absence of legislation for the family and its consequences; clues to provide the country with legislation to protect the family. He was also accompanied by his wife Librada Elá Asumu, business woman.
Their presentations were deep, simple and brave at the same time. Provocative and interesting questions about polygamy, different family models, opportunism between tradition and progress, the position of the Church towards homosexuality, and the legal vacuum to many realities of the Guinean family made the final colloquium into a rich sharing of clarification and practical observations. About 200 people were present. These were friends, educators, teachers and students, who thanked and applauded on numerous occasions to the speakers and to those who spoke up in the final dialog.
Youth groups of the TA worked as volunteers throughout the event.
The celebrations will continue throughout the month of October. The screening of the film "Poveda" will take place on October 21 at the Spanish Cultural Center. On Saturday, October 29, there will be a Mass presided by Monsignor Juan Nsue Edjang. Later there will be a "fraternal sharing" at the Poveda Center.
TA Organizing team. Equatorial Guinea