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The beginning of Lasallian education dates back to 1680 when John Baptist de La Salle founded the De La Salle Order. He began by recruiting teachers to teach in parish schools which were free for children of the artisans and the poor. He inspires a sense of identity, of mission. Working as a team, they form a community and call themselves BROTHERS and dedicated their lives to teaching the neglected and the deprived. The dream was for social change, to touch the youthful heart and to harness its creative forces for a culture of compassion, of service. This Lasallian charism takes firm root and soon spreads out across the globe.
                     

Today there are some 800,000 students in more than 900 educational institutions ranging from pre-schools to universities with about 68,000 directors, administrators, and teachers engaged in the worldwide mission. Ninety-two percent of them are lay men and women. There are programmes for the illiterate, migrants, itinerants, physically and mentally disabled, youth with learning impediments, youngsters with behavioural problems. There are pastoral centres offering a variety of religious and apostolic activities and also centres for sport and other forms of recreation and social activities.

Lasallian Education in Malaysia
                     
ImageLike many great sagas,  the story of the La Sallian education in Malaysia began with a daring  dream  when  in 1852,  a group of six Brothers braving a daunting journey by sea  sailed  to the Far-East to  provide  education to the deprived youths;  for education during that era was  mainly for  the  rich.  Three of the Brothers stayed on in Singapore while the other three travelled to Penang to set up the first Lasallian school in the country, the St. Xavier’s Institution, Penang.

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