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Education Services

Level 3.1 - Diocesan Education Services

TARGET

By December 2020, we the members of the Diocesan Education Service along with our teachers and stakeholders, have discovered the demands of faith and allowed the life and teachings of Jesus to enlighten our minds and touch our hearts as HIS DISCIPLES. This has transformed our relationship with God, teachers, students and stakeholders and has empowered us to follow the way of Jesus. We have lived our faith and experienced relating to God, others and nature in a new way as we witness to our faith. We have made efforts in achieving this through our planned activities and programs that have enabled us to give greater and more authentic service and to respond to the problems affecting us, and that of our teachers and the stakeholders of our schools in the agency.

Rationale (Reasons)


SITUATION

We have lived Phase One of Stage Two of our Journey of Faith in which we focused on the Word of God in the Bible, and which has strengthened our people. In response to our present situation we need now to deepen our living of the Bible and the demands of faith by following more closely the way of Jesus. The fundamental problem still continues to affect our delivery of education service to our communities.

Many do not understand yet the role of a teacher in our Catholic Schools and the importance of Christian Education programs which provide the philosophical and spiritual foundation for the pastoral care of students. The effective delivery of education service in the Catholic Agency is negatively affected by; .

  • The constant struggle to find Catholic teachers and the ongoing shortage of teachers causing many remote schools not to open.
  • Poorly functioning government education departments at all levels.
  • Many teachers are confused and influenced by the social situation which adversely affects the way they live and teach.
  • Many parents lack understanding of their roles and responsibilities towards their children’s education and how they should work with teachers in the school.
  • Many parents do not appreciate the value of education so do not ensure children go to school, are well dressed and give them enough food for the day.
  • Incompetent school administrators loosing standards in Catholic Schools.
IDEAL

As we walk our Journey of Faith, the Catholic Education Service staff, teachers and the stakeholders follow Jesus, his teachings and his ways of living and this becomes our source of strength to tackle the problem situations affecting our lives and the Service.

We live our faith stronger as we continue to reopen closed schools and all schools are staffed more appropriately. The schools and teachers reflect a strong Catholic identity with strong faith and direction to their lives. Teachers are motivated and enthusiastically involved in their Catholic teaching ministry. Parents are engaged in their children’s education both at home and at school .

CONVERSION

As a service concerned about the Education for all, the following will be the criteria that will guide us in our ministry;

  • Ensuring that the service we provide promotes collaborative efforts and good dialogue with our Bishop as head of the diocese, the Catholic Education Board, other stakeholders and partners both within and outside of the diocese and province.
  • Constantly seeking new and innovative ways to improve our Service so as to meet the needs and aspirations of our people who thirst for quality and solid education.
  • Ensuring that the decisions we make and/or the ways and methods we use in our ministry favour the principles of our Pastoral Guidelines and Policies of Education as enshrined in the Education Act.
  • Maintaining strong partnership with other Services and organizations to optimize and maximize resources to the enhancement of our schools.
SPECIFIC CRITERIA:

  • From being limited in our ability to have all the schools operating appropriately to becoming able to achieve that.
  • Teachers move from being confused and influenced by the social situation to being clear about their roles and responsibilities and being more committed Christian teachers in their teaching ministry.
  • Parents move from being confused about their roles and responsibilities to understanding their roles and responsibilities and becoming aware of education as shared responsibilities in the school.
PROCESS OF ACTION:

2017

OBJECTIVE: We live our faith by following the way of Jesus as we promote and live the value of "FRIENDSHIP" in our ministry.

  • Appointment, coordination and organisation of the teachers’ movement.
  • Meeting with Head teachers / new graduates.
  • Data Base system updates.
  • Conducting three/four Diocesan Education Board meetings.
  • Endorsement and launching of the Diocesan Education Board Constitution and establishment of School Constitutions in all Agency schools.
  • Infrastructure study and project implementation in Agency schools.
  • Prepare the list of candidates for Sacred Heart Teachers’ College to be presented to the screening for 2018.
  • Quarterly circulars to all schools with a focus on FRIENDSHIP, to encourage teachers to be active in SCC’s and uphold the identity and philosophy of our schools .
  • Teachers’ retreats to be conducted at the Diocesan Level on the theme of Friendship.
  • Religious Education coordinators’ workshop to be conducted on the theme of Friendship.
  • School Management Program:
    • School Financial Management Training.
    • Head Teachers Conference with the theme of Friendship.
    • School competition activities and capacity building for teachers continue.
  • Evaluation - 2017 & planning – 2018.
2018

Objective: We live our faith by relating to God with trust as Jesus did and we promote and live the value of being TRUSTFUL in providing the service.

  • Appointment, coordination and organisation of the teachers’ movement.
  • Meeting with Head teachers / new graduates.
  • Data Base system updates.
  • Conducting three/four Diocesan Education Board meetings.
  • Establishment of school constitutions in all Agency schools.
  • Infrastructure study and project implementation in Agency schools.
  • Prepare the list of candidates for Sacred Heart Teachers’ College to be presented to the screening for 2019.
  • Quarterly circulars to all schools with a focus on TRUST, to encourage teachers to be active in SCC’s and uphold the identity and philosophy of our schools.
  • Teachers’ retreats to be conducted at the Parish Level on the theme of Trust.
  • Elementary teachers RE workshop on the theme of Trust.
  • School Management Program.
    • School Financial Management Training.
    • Head Teachers’ Conference on the theme of Trust.
    • School competition activities and capacity building for teachers continue.
  • Evaluation - 2018 & planning – 2019.
2019

We live our faith by relating to others and nature with care as Jesus did and we promote and live the value of "CARING" in our work of life.

  • Appointment, coordination and organisation of teachers’ movement.
  • Meeting with Head teachers / new graduates.
  • Data system updates.
  • Conducting three/four Diocesan Education Board meetings.
  • Infrastructure study and project implementation in Agency schools.
  • Prepare the list of candidates for Sacred Heart Teachers’ College to be presented to the screening for 2020.
  • Quarterly circulars to all schools on the theme of Care, to encourage teachers to be active in SCC’s and uphold the identity and philosophy of our schools.
  • Teachers’ retreats to be conducted at the Diocesan Level on the theme of Care.
  • Religious Education coordinators’ workshop on the theme of Care.
  • School Management Program.
    • School Financial Management Training.
    • Head Teachers’ Conference on the theme of Care.
    • School competition activities and capacity building for teachers continue.
  • Evaluation - 2019 & planning – 2020.
2020

Objective: We witness to our faith by being committed as Jesus was and by promoting and living the value of "COMMITMENT" in our team life.

  • Appointment, coordination and organisation of teachers’ movement.
  • Meeting with Head teachers / new graduates.
  • Data system updates.
  • Conducting three/four Diocesan Education Board meetings.
  • Infrastructure study and project implementation in Agency schools.
  • Prepare the list of candidates for Sacred Heart Teachers’ College to be presented to the screening for 2021.
  • Quarterly circulars to all schools on the theme of Commitment to encourage teachers to be active in SCC’s and uphold the identity and philosophy of our schools.
  • Teacher’s retreats and recollection at Parish level on the theme of Commitment.
  • School Management Program.
    • School Financial Management Training.
    • Head Teachers’ Conference on the theme of Commitment.
    • School competition activities and capacity building for teachers continue.
  • Evaluation - 2020 & Diocesan Planning – 2021 to 2024.