Catholic School Principals’ Conference Opens in Nairobi

conf1A national conference bringing together Principals of Catholic High Schools in Kenya has started at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) in Langata.

The 3-day (12th August-14th August, 2014) conference is bringing together over 700 participants from around the country. In addition to the principals, other groups represented at the conference include Diocesan Education Secretaries and Religious Education Advisors.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, the chief guest, His Eminence John Cardinal Njue,appealed to the principals to adopt the principles and values of Jesus Christ, the great teacher, and ensure that these are integrated into the school system and life through provision of religious education, pastoral care and positive role modelling by the teaching and support staff’.

Cardinal Njue, who is the Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged the teachers to make all the necessary sacrifices to ensure that the youth entrusted to their care acquire Christian values, convictions and life skills to enable them to assertively make informed and morally responsible life choices.

He paid glowing tribute to the principals for standing up and speaking out against the Reproductive Health Care Bill 2014 that is advocating for provision of contraceptive services to youth aged ten years and above without parental consent.

“I urge you to be vigilant in ensuring that nothing that may threaten the current and future lives of our youth finds its way into our schools,” said Cardinal Njue.

Cardinal Njue called on Catholic schools to strike a balance between faith and character formation with academic excellence.

“I appeal to each and every one of you, to use these three days of your conference to reflect deeply and make a resolution to   renew your focus on the holistic approach to provision of education in our Catholic schools,” said Cardinal Njue. “This calls for passion in Catholic education ethos and practice,” he added.

In his remarks, the General Secretary of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops, Rev. Fr. Vincent Wambugu commended Catholic Schools for their continued exemplary performance in both academic and character formation of learners.

“Over the years, our schools headed by you, have set records in academic excellence topped up with character formation ensuring that the society at the end of the learning process, receives back not only educated and learned people but well-formed citizens ready to take their place of responsibility in the society,” said Fr. Wambugu adding that “obviously, in such an undertaking there is always room to do more including engaging in new strategies to counteract the adverse effects resulting from a world that has shrunk into a Global Village.”

In his welcoming remarks, the Vice Chancellor of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Msgr. Dr. Pius Rutechura, reminded the participants of the resolution of the Catholic Bishops in the AMECEA region during the recently concluded Plenary Assembly in Lilongwe, Malawi, where they committed to prioritise children and youth ‘as the fruits and hope of the society that require more investment and support so that they can lead dignified lives.’

“We need to help the Bishops in the realization of this dream by making our schools conducive places of true brotherly learning and innovation,” said Msgr.Rutechura.

One of the key goals of the principals’ conference is the launch of a Catholic Teachers Association on Thursday 14th August 2014 at the same venue presided over by the Chairman of the KCCB – Commission foe Education and Religious Education, Rt. Rev. Maurice Muhatia Makumba.

Meanwhile, Bishop Maurice Makumba will also on Thursday 14th August 2014, preside over the convocation of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), which will mark the opening of the new academic year of the university.

 

 

 

 

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