Thirty-one SCN educators of Patna province met at Nazareth Convent, Ranchi from July 13 to 15, 2018 Amelia Moras, SCN, vice provincial of Patna Province, officially welcomed all the participants and set the tone for the meeting with her thought-provoking talk. She invited the group to make all the educational institutions, “Faith and Value-Based Institutions” and “Unique Saleable Proposition” to be relevant and efficient in our ministry.
Father Florence Kujur, SJ, principal of St. John School, Ranchi, shared practical tips to deal with different day-to-day administrative problems of the school. He emphasized on “Education on Constitutional Values” keeping in mind the socio-political context of our country. He also dealt with: Fee structure, gratuity, Provident Fund, E.S.I, (Employees State Insurance) etc. He reminded the school principals to maintain a diary which can save us from many problematic situations. Documentation is one of the most important responsibilities of the principals and they must take it seriously.
Later in the day, Sisters shared the success stories and new initiatives of the academic year 2017-18, which was quite inspiring and encouraging.
The next day, the group spent time reading, reflecting and sharing on the current socio-political scenario as well as sharing on the major issues and concerns of the schools. Time was also spent in sharing what dreams we hold to see it happening through our schools. It was facilitated by an experienced educator, Basanti Lakra, SCN. The discussions, deliberations and sharing on the issues and dreams helped the group to draw up an action plan for the year 2018-19.
The principals committed themselves to:
- Personal Goal: Professionalism, and deepening our spirituality
- The teaching of India Constitution and Constitutional values
- Documentation: Including the principal’s daily diary writing.
- Practice the five pillars of SCN life (base our planning on Province Strategic Plan)
- Set up Child Protection Committee, Grievance Cell and Crisis Management Committee in our Schools
- To ensure safety and security of students under our care
On the last day, Father Christu Das gave an input on “Inspirational Leadership” based on his own life experiences. The main elements of inspirational leadership are compassion, competence, and spiritual leadership. He called educators to a deeper interpersonal relationship for greater leadership.
The participants were happy to have felt enriched, challenged, encouraged, and gained new insights. They felt motivated, reaffirmed, awakened and strengthened to be passionate spiritual leaders in their respective institutions.
Josephine Kisku, SCN / See more photos