CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF KONONGO-MAMPONG
1ST DIOCESAN SYNOD
THEME: THE CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF KONONGO MAMPONG IN RETROSPECT: PROSPECTS, CHALLENGES AND THE WAY FORWARD 24TH MAY – 3RD JUNE 2015
SUBTOPIC: CATHOLIC SCHOOLS
PRESENTER: SIR DAVE ANANE DRUYEH
DELIVERED ON FRIDAY 29 MAY 2015
Definition of A School
A close examination of the various definitions of school and of new educational trends at every level, leads one to formulate the concept of school as a place of integral formation by means of a systematic and critical assimilation of culture. A school is therefore a privileged place in which through a living encounter with a cultural inheritance, integral formation occurs. This vital approach takes place in the school in the form of personal contacts and commitments which consider absolute values in a life – context and seek to insert them into a life – framework.
Indeed, culture is only educational when young people can relate their study to real life situations with which they are familiar.
The school is a facility which offers education to those who access it. And education takes place in the recipient if the exposure produces a person to become useful to himself and society. It must help him spell out the meaning of his experiences and their truths.
The human capital of every nation is its most valuable asset. Formal education which takes place in a school setting, since its inception, has become the basis for the acquisition, expansion and dissemination of knowledge. It also helps to create a body of knowledge which forms the basis for socio-economic development as well as the exploitation, management and preservation of natural and human resources. Education in its various forms provides the basis for transmitting the received knowledge of the society, equip people with skills, attitudes and the capacity to become productive human beings, participate in social life and be able to adapt positively to change. The God-given potentials in every person are to be developed and used for the good of society.
Any school which neglects this duty and which offers merely pre-cast conclusions hinders the personal development of its pupils.
To relate the definition of the school to the topic of our discussion “Catholic Schools” we will now look at the mission of the church.
Why Catholic Schools?