A heritage that lives on in Lasallians today
Lasallians see our present and our future as evolving from a rich, living heritage. So there are four areas in our approach to formation:
1. John Baptist de La Salle formed a group of lay men into an educational community. Together they developed an approach to education that met the needs of poor boys in 17th century France. De La Salle encouraged them to see their work with young people as "God's work".
2. After his death, this lay-led community of Brothers expanded beyond the borders of France. They adapted their methods and curriculum to meet the needs of young people in many different contexts.
3. In 80 countries throughout the world today Lasallian educators - women and men of many faiths and none - continue to adapt their approaches while maintaining the fundamental values of a "human and Christian education", especially on behalf of the most vulnerable young people.
4. Lasallian education is characterized by positive and helpful relationships among colleagues and with young people, and by a concern to encourage the individual academic and personal development of students. The most precious gift left to us by our Founder is a profound valuing of the work of education as a ministry. He has given us a rich biblical theology of education which it our responsibility to apply in our own contemporary contexts.