By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, has called on teachers to be ideal role models in the discharge of their duties and in their endeavours, so as to impart good character to the students.
Bishop Ezeokafor, who gave the charge in his homily of the concelebrated Holy Mass to mark the 20th Anniversary and 2020 Annual Feast/Parents’ Day of Tansi International College, Awka, on January 25, described teachers as signposts of good knowledge and character.
Addressing the teachers, Bishop Ezeokafor, who is also the school proprietor, described teaching as a vocation, rather than a profession.
The bishop who said vocation was something one did with one’s heart, urged the teachers to do their best in order to help the children entrusted into their care to become better individuals.
In his words, ‘Be a teacher, and not the opposite. Be of good character and behaviour and impart same to the students.’
He charged the teachers to read, research widely and broaden their knowledge so as to impart good and sound knowledge to the students. He noted that no one gave what they had not.
‘Do your best to help the Church achieve her mission of physical, academic and spiritual education of the students which Catholic education is committed to,’ he said.
To the students, the education-friendly Bishop exhorted them to be of good character, work harder, be disciplined and shun bad company.
‘If you are disciplined, do that which is expected of you and make the best out of the good formation your parents and teachers gave to you in school and at home.You will be responsible individuals which your parents and society will be proud of,’ he told them.
The Catholic prelate, who solicited for support from all towards the continuous growth of the 20 year-old institution, called on the government to do its part for the sustenance of quality education for the youth of the state.
He urged the government to maximize their efforts and provide stable grant for mission education for better formation of all, saying that it was the duty of the government to provide the necessary amenities that benefited the citizens.
This was even as the bishop commended the Anambra State Government for what he described as its contributions to qualitative education.
For his part, the pioneer principal of TICA, Rev Fr Anthony Ejeziem, thanked God that the College had at 20 years of its existence been able to achieve and still achieving the objectives for which it was established.
Rev Fr Ejeziem, who stated this in an interview with Fides, expressed his delight that Tansi International College, Awka, had developed from a young school to an international standard college with very beautiful environment.
He commended the School Management and the teachers for their efforts so far, and urged them to, as formators in the vocation of human formation, do more to sustain the objective of integral formation of the young people to become responsible individuals for which the quasi-seminary college was established.