CATHOLIC EDUCATION IN THE ARCHDIOCESE: NEW INITIATIVES TO EQUIP OUR CHILDREN AND LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD
June 17, 2015
It has been noticed that many Catholic families, who can afford quality education, choose not to send their children to the Parish based schools that offer only the SSC stream of education. A concern, raised over a period of time, is the need for International Schools affiliated to Archdiocesan Board of Education. Fr. Clifton Lobo has been appointed to oversee the pilot project initiated through the St. Anne’s International School (SAIS) at Orlem, Malad. In this, the centenary year (1915 – 2015) of the Parish and the Parish school, it is appropriate that the Archdiocese embarks on this journey
St. Anne’s International School offers an international curriculum, which introduces an education that is participative and holistic. In addition to the curriculum, the school offers a multi dimensional programme designed to develop character traits like honesty, integrity, self-confidence, co-operation, diligence and leadership. Library facilities, field trips, sports, music, dance, dramatics are some of the special features of the curriculum.
A new school presents opportunities for various beginnings – new classes, new faces, new teaching methodologies, new expectations, more choices and new resources. It ushers in qualitative change, which is a concrete expression of growth and development. The hope is that this new venture of the Archdiocese will challenge children academically, enable them to develop socially and emotionally, and guide them toward independent thinking and problem solving.
It is our hope that St. Anne’s International School will be the stepping stone for many such institutes in the Archdiocese. We can then reclaim our reputation as leading educationists who encourage students to display exemplary character and make appropriate choices that will result in successful outcomes.
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