The ceremony began with words from TDB rector Fr. Miguel Suárez, who recalled that these engagements are part of the activities organized for the 130th anniversary of the founding of TDB, which is part of the Salesian Vocational Centers of America Network, composed of 22 Technical and Vocational Educational Centers.
In a context where "there is talk of changes in the DNA of education" that is more "rapid and dynamic," at Talleres Don Bosco "we are determined to accept the new challenges," the Rector assured. Then, he recalled that the TDB has been committed for many years to changing "its way of educating and preparing young people," and said that back in 2000, with the help of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB, in Spanish) it began a process of skills-based education and training, of adapting curricula according to the demands of the labor market.
He went on to explain that, following the guidelines of the Salesian Congregation globally, TDB has been engaged in clean and renewable energy generation since August this year. On the one hand, thanks to the collaboration of a foundation, 150 photovoltaic panels have been installed on the roof of the enormous building, which will cut electricity consumption by over 35%, thus allowing these funds saved to be used for educational innovation and technological upgrading. On the other hand, the training of graduates and retraining of mechanics in the field of electric mobility is beginning.
After expressing thanks to all the project's partners and benefactors, Fr. Suárez concluded, "History has placed us in a labor market that requires skilled labor and, above all, with human values and soft skills, a reality that has made the Don Bosco Preventive System a great and very valid option for families who sent their children to study in Montevideo from all corners of the country."
A video showing the 150 photovoltaic panels installed on the roof of the building was then shown; then, the Minister of Industry, Energy and Mines, Omar Paganini, an engineer, took the floor, congratulating the authorities, teachers, and students who are part of "this work of great trajectory and prestige" for their commitment not only to using new technologies but also to training people to use them. "This is what the country needs," he underscored.
The President of the National Administration of State Electric Utilities and Transmission (UTE), Silvia Emaldi expressed her gratitude for sharing the inauguration of "such important works that contribute to the evolution for the future of work in the country."
"As a Salesian past pupil, it is a great thrill to share and to see how many young people and teachers continue to make sure that Salesian work in the country is based on key values, such as study and work, that allow us to have opportunities throughout our lives. I am thrilled that my country's specialists in the future of work have found in the courses being inaugurated here today, electric mobility and renewable energy, the careers of the future."
"Together we will continue to work for a better Uruguay," she said.
The ceremony concluded with a tour of the plant where the courses will be held and an agape moment for all present.