ASIA / PAKISTAN – Government recognizes extraordinary services of Catholic schools


ASIA / PAKISTAN – Government recognizes extraordinary services of Catholic schools

Karachi (Agenzia Fides) – “Today, education is one of the most virtuous acts. We know the challenges that Catholic schools and teachers face, we recognize your ingenuity, your extraordinary efforts and your hard work for our students. We pay tribute to you for your great service for your contribution to the development of the nation in our province of Sindh. Missionary schools are the backbone of knowledge and culture in our country. They offer quality and holistic education at an affordable price, ”said Syed Sardar Ali Shah, provincial minister of education in the Pakistani province of Sindh, during a meeting with directors and teachers of Catholic schools that took place. held in recent days in Karachi.
As Fides learned, Syed Sardar Ali Shah also declared: “These exceptional services that we recognize” go back to the distant past. You have been instrumental in educating the people for over 160 years, long before the founding of Pakistan and the founders of our country. It is not easy to run schools without government support. We appreciate your work which continues without any financial support from the government ”. The Minister concluded by saying, “I will visit your schools, especially those designated as historic buildings, to address and resolve existing issues. We will do our best to restore the buildings of historical value. “Many Catholic priests, religious and believers from Sindh province were present. The school principal and the school staff of St. Joseph Convent in Karachi have received a special award for their educational services since 1862.
Rafiah Mallah, Deputy Director of Registration and Inspection of Private Institutions in Sindh, said, “We thank your mission schools for providing excellent education and for contributing with the utmost sincerity and dedication to l future of our country and to provide equal learning opportunities to children of different ethnic and religious backgrounds with great love and care.
“We are grateful to the government for recognizing and appreciating our missionary schools and for ensuring their support, this appreciation will allow us to continue our mission of educating children with zeal and dedication”, said Sisters Elizabeth Niamat FC, Rector of the Convent of Saint Joseph School, in an interview with Fides.
According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, there are a total of 116 Catholic schools of all levels in Sindh province: 60 in Karachi and 56 in other cities of the province. There are 56,242 students enrolled (many of them Muslims) and 5,618 teachers work with great dedication. Eminent academics, politicians, doctors, engineers, intellectuals, writers, poets and artists have emerged from these institutions. (AG-PA) (Agenzia Fides, 9/25/2021)

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