A three-day Animation Programme was organised for Principals of MSMHC Schools by Sr. Jane Francis, General Councillor for Education at DBI from 25 to 27 August. The goal of the entire programme was to update the heads of the schools on the educational policies and plans. It also meant to provide a forum to discuss on the present day challenges and problems faced by the educational institutions.
A meaningful prayer moments guided by Sr. Shiji James at the start of the programme helped to bring in the right atmosphere. It was followed by a welcome note by Sr. Jane Francis. Briefly explaining about the entire planned three days’ programme to the participants, she stressed the importance of their coming together. All the topics and resource persons were carefully chosen to meet the set goal of the programme. The topics dealt with and the resource persons were: ‘Education Today’ by Fr. Johnson Parackal SDB, ‘Education and Legal Aid’ by Fr. Ravi Sagar SJ, ‘Influence of Media and its Impact’ by Sr. Shiji James, ‘Education and its Challenges’ by Sr. Marina Thomas, ‘Networking to Achieve Educational Goals’ by Dr. Basil Koikara, ‘Education and Financial Management’ by Sr. Ancila Jose and ‘A reflection for Educators’ by Sr. Philomena Mathew, the Superior General. The concluding session by Sr. Jane Francis reminded the participants about the need to be cognisant of the present day changes and to be prepared to meet the challenges.
The programme was informative and enlightening as it paved a platform for the participants to discuss on issues that are important, relevant and crucial for meeting the challenges faced by education today. The meaningful celebration of the Holy Mass by the Fr. Johnson Parackal and Fr. P.D. Johny on the second and third day surrounded by hundreds of young people left lasting impression on the participants. Besides this, the venue of the programme – DBI that is set on the misty green hills overlooking the majestic Brahmaputra River provided a perfect ambience, giving the participants an awesome experience. Overwhelmed with joy and contentment for having had the chance of attending the programme, the participants thanked Sr. Jane Francis for her genuine concern and interest in giving the best.