. . . Rewards Academic Champions, Best Teacher
. . . Opens Divine Grace Reverend Fathers’ Rectory, Seeks Support for New Academic, Hostel Blocks
By Ifeoma Ezenyilimba
Established in 1999 with the vision of integral formation and education of the human person through knowledge and discipline, the Catholic Diocese of Awka-owned Tansi International College, Awka (TICA), Anambra State, on Saturday, January 25, celebrated her 20th Anniversary and the 2020 Annual Feast Day/Parents’ Day with pomp. It also featured academic rewards.
The celebration which doubled with the blessing of the 20th Anniversary Project of a beautiful and imposing 2-storey building Divine Grace Reverend Fathers’ Rectory of TICA by the Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor, was graced by dignitaries from all walks of life.
Fides gathered that the foundation stone of the millions of Naira worth rectory was laid by Bishop Ezeokafor on 20th January 2018. After the architectural work and the approval of the plan by the Building Committee of Awka Diocese, work commenced on the site on 30 November 2018. The roofing was completed in November 2019, and the rectory finally completed on 22nd January, 2020.
Speaking at the tripartite event, the chief shepherd of Awka Diocese, who is also the proprietor of the College, thanked God for what he described as the impressive growth of TICA in academic work, infrastructure and all-round development. Bishop Ezeokafor extolled the Principal/Manager, Rev Fr Paul Onyebuchi II, for the speedy completion of the beautiful and gigantic Revered Fathers’ House within a record time of one year, and prayed that the facility would serve the purpose for which it was built.
He noted that the strategic location of the rectory was to get the priests -formators closer to the students. According to the bishop, the formators had the responsibility to be close to the children in the formation process.
The bishop, who administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 128 students of the College, expressed his delight over what he described as the overwhelming number of priests that graced the event.
In his homily, Bishop Ezeokafor, who based his reflections on the readings of the Feast Day Celebration Mass, stressed the importance of selfless service, saying that such was the reason for which the Church ventured into education.
He urged the parents and the teachers to maximize their efforts, and give the best formation to the children so as to enable the Church actualize her mission of physical and spiritual education which Catholic education was committed to.
Pointing out that the parents who he described as the first teachers of the children, had the responsibility to give the necessary good formation to the children, the Catholic prelate called on them (parents and guardians) to attach strict importance to formation of the children, as well as monitor their activities in school.
In his address of welcome the principal of the college, Rev Fr Onyebuchi II, highlighted the many achievements of the College that was established in 1999 with 99 students, saying that TICA had kept very impressive records in academic excellence, beautiful infrastructure, international education excursions and extra-curricular activities.
He commended the proprietor, former principals, formators, benefactors, PTA, friends and supporters of TICA for their goodwill, sacrifices and support to the College, noting that the PTA led by the chairman, Dr. Emmanuel Ekwesianya, had been very wonderful and supportive.
The principal solicited for support from all for the College’s need of more academic and hostel blocks. According to him, the rising population of the students necessitated the need for a new academic block that would provide more classrooms and also accommodate the new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEMa) Programme which the College introduced in the second term of 2019/2020 academic session. He noted that the STEMa programme would equip a child with sufficient knowledge and information to develop applications in order to solve human problems.
TICA, at the feast day, rewarded their academic champions of the 2018/2019 academic session and Mrs Francisca Obidi as the most distinguished teacher. Among the academic champions were Cajetan Egbosimba who came first in WAEC with 9As; Paul Osuala, 2nd position in WAEC with 8As and Raphael Anyakorah, 3rd position in WAEC with 7As.
Others were Miracle Okafor, overall best in junior class with 89.76%;Chukwuka Muoka, overall best in senior class with 84.505;Echezona Udeagbala, best in Mathematics (junior class) with 98.50%, and Ifechukwu Ebene and Valentine Udeozor, best in Mathematics (senior class) with 87.33% each.
Donations in support of the school project which were led by Gov Willie Obiano and Mr Valentine Chineto Ozigbo, various performances by the students and cutting of the anniversary cake, were highlights of the event.