Port of Spain Archdiocese goals to lift $21m for training
News Rhianna Mc Kenzie 10 hours ago
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The Archdiocese of Port of Spain appeals to its RC supporters and the general public to support their program to improve education in RC schools across the country.
The project, called Catholic Education Plan of the Archdiocese of Trinidad and Tobago, aims to raise an ambitious $ 21 million over three years to mitigate the impact of socio-economic development challenges in its schools, particularly in elementary schools in underserved areas.
In a phone interview with Newsday Thursday, Director of Finance and Development Jenny Lee said the archdiocese hopes to raise $ 7 million a year over the next three years and will raise funds initially through November 20.
November 20, she said, was the feast of Christ the King, and any funds raised during the weekend celebrations would be used for the educational project.
She said the team had distributed 10,000 flyers across the Archdiocese of Port of Spain and many other flyers went to other parishes. The team has also sent an extensive mailout to its extensive membership database.
Each flyer is provided with a candle wax seal, which will be returned with the recipient’s donation by November 20th. Donors are asked to make a minimum offer of $ 100.
“The idea is to melt the (wax seals) and make six candles that go to the different vicariates – a territorial jurisdiction of the Church run by a bishop – and each candle is lit on January 1st during the celebration of the solemnity Mary and World Day of Peace.
“We are all her children.” Every child in TT is her child, Lee said. “So we put them all in their care.”
She said children who did not have access to electronic devices or the internet lost two years of schooling.
“We want to change that. We want more values and moral education in education, on which Catholic education is based.
“A significant number of children who attend Catholic schools are not Catholic. We raise all children, regardless of race or creed, and we want to help them all. “
Lee said the program first identified a few schools to address later and later expanded to all RC schools over a ten-year period. These are Diego Martin Girls and Boys RC, Petit Valley Girls and Boys RC, Sacred Heart Girls and Boys RC, Mucurapo Girls and Boys RC, St Roses Girls and Boys RC.
The Chair of the Catholic Education Committee (CEBM) Sharon Mangroo told Newsday on Thursday: “We have a special preference for the poor, so our concern is with the children whose needs are not well met.”
She said the board is trying to identify learning needs in different schools so that additional support and attention can be given.
“People have been generous in the past, especially with devices. We are (now) looking for people who support connectivity. There are households in which parents cannot afford connectivity.
“We’ve had companies that offer low-cost options, but parents still can’t afford it. (Through the program) we’re hoping to support children for about a year.”
She said teachers in Catholic schools need additional training to support children’s special needs.
“Not just learning needs,” she said. “Children have different needs, including health and social needs.”
She said the government provides funding in the form of salaries for teachers and some assistance with school maintenance, but corporate sponsors are always welcome.
“We’re raising funds (now), but we’ve always done the work. However, we need a little extra help to do more. “
Lee said everyone in the ward must do their part to support the children.
“The government is doing its part and now we must do our part. We all have to mobilize to make a difference. “
She said anyone who wants to help can email Lee at email@example.com.