“Nazareth Academy, Mokama, is a gift to the people of Mokama, during our Bicentennial Year”, said Sister Sangeeta Ayithamattam, SCN, Provincial during the opening ceremony of the new school on April 2.

Most Rev. William D’Souza, the Archbishop of Patna, emphasized the importance of English education in a rural set up. He said, “It was the dream of SCN Sisters to have an English medium school for the people of Mokama. Today, that dream is fulfilled.”

Twenty-six children are admitted to the new school. All of them were present with their parents on the first day of school in their new uniforms. Four of those children did a beautiful prayer dance.

The local Member of Legislative Council, Bihar, Mr. Neeraj Singh said that given the social and political environment of Mokama, an English medium school can do much for the overall development of this area. “Nazareth Academy, Mokama, eventually, will change the landscape of Mokama,” said Mr. Neeraj Singh.

The other participants, the Sub-divisional Officer, Barh, Block Development Officer, Mokama and Mr. Daljit Sigh, a local Rotararian and well-wisher of the Sisters promised full cooperation in developing the school. They said today English education for children is a priority for every parent.

Sister Rena Fernandes, the Principal of Nazareth Academy, Mokama, said with the cooperation of the parents, parishioners, local leaders and wishers, we can make Nazareth Academy, Mokama, a very good learning centre for the children of Mokama and its surrounding areas.

“Nazareth Academy, Mokama is the baby of Nazareth Academy, Gaya”, said Sister Vijaya Chalil, the Principal of Nazareth Academy, Gaya. She further said that we would like to have thousands of children, especially girls in our institution.

Mokama — the land of Mother Mary, has blessed the Sisters and the people of Mokama with this new beginning during our Bicentennial year.

Malini Manjoly, SCN

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