CAF -development bank of Latin America- and Scholas Ocurrentes, a network of schools of the Catholic Church, launched in Rome the Laudato Si school, an initiative with which 50 young people between 18 and 35 years of age begin a 12-month training programme in which they must work on a sustainable project that addresses a specific need in one of CAF's member countries.
The students, who come from different countries, participated during the week in the "Community Game" workshop with the objective of beginning the work of creating projects that address the specific needs of their local communities.
The launch of the initiative was attended by Pope Francis, the singer Bono Vox, and high authorities from CAF and the Scholas Foundation, who ratified the Pope's call regarding the co-responsibility we all have in the fight against climate change and the protection of the environment.
"I wish to recognise, encourage and thank all those who, in the most varied sectors of human activity, are working to ensure the protection of the home we share. Our Common Home is like a sister with whom we share our existence, and like a beautiful mother who welcomes us into her arms," said Pope Francis.
"We find ourselves in a world of many possibilities. This is very exciting. Multiple connections. It is because of this culture of encounter that I am a fan of Pope Francis and Scholas. That meeting only makes sense if we can push each other beyond our differences," said singer Bono.
"Today, development banking is closer to governments, authorities and citizens, but we must continue to do more, to have a more shared vision with society. But we are on the right track. For me this is the result of what we started working on several months ago. I thank you for your presence. Here, with CAF, a door is open to you. We invite you to cross it with enthusiasm," said Sergio Díaz-Granados, Executive President of CAF.
CAF and the Scholas Foundation have been working together since 2015 to promote the integration of young people and children through sport, art and technology, and intend to continue joining efforts to address common challenges such as climate change, biodiversity protection and community empowerment.
CAF, which aspires to become the green bank of Latin America and the Caribbean, will allocate 25 billion dollars over the next five years for reforestation projects, biodiversity protection, sustainable cities and technologies applied to the environment. In addition, over the past 15 years, it has allocated more than $1 billion to education projects that have benefited 2 million children and young people in the region.