RELEM is the French acronym for ‘Région Lasallienne Europe Méditerranée’ (Lasallian Region of Europe and the Mediterranean). Lasallian obviously refers to the heritage and educational tradition born in the wake of John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in France in the 17th century.
As the attached map shows, RELEM is a complex reality encompassing 23 countries and 20 languages. It is made up of 8 Lasallian administrative units called Districts or Delegation. The great diversity of languages, different historical, educational, political, religious and cultural traditions and demographic profiles, represents a challenge.
The region, which was created in 2005, is not a governing body, but a body for cooperation and animation, enabling us to live out our common project of faith, fraternity and service as a network.
There is no doubt that its treasures are immense, since RELEM offers great possibilities for inter-District cooperation on several levels: cultural, educational for both students and teachers. The extent of this possible cooperation is obvious: the Region represents nearly 470 educational works, 30,000 teachers and nearly 350,000 students. The RELEM project as initially envisaged in 2005 requires constant adaptation.
Through its various services and Councils – e.g. for the Lasallian educational mission, Assedil (in support of Headmasters throughout the Region), RELEM Universities and Centres of Higher Education, Young Lasallians, coordination of NGOs – the Region will continue to work to exploit this potential in support of the Lasallian educational mission.
This includes sharing good practices, making resources available to sectors that need them and exploring new approaches adapted to the needs of the 21st century.
The team in charge of the Region :
B. Joël Palud – B. Anatole Diretenadji – B. Martín Digilio (General Councillors)
Jean Chapuis, Tomeu Martorell, B. Enrico Muller