Choir group of Modanna Girls', Umunze poses with Bishop Okoye (middle). He is flanked by the School Manager, Rev. Fr. Onyebuchi 1on the right and Fr. Linus Ibekwe on the left.
The Management of Madonna Girls' Secondary School, Umunze in Orumba South LGA area of Anambra State has commenced the construction of her administrative block. The plan to build the administrative block was initiated two years ago in order to free some class rooms which the school teachers recently occupy.
Rev. Fr. Paul Onyebuchi 1 led Administration matched the school plan with action and commenced fund raising for the project. The fund raising started during the 2016 and 2017 school feast to enable the management complete the three story building plan within a space of one year.
The foundation block of the on-going administrative building project was laid by the auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye. Bishop Okoye laid the foundation on Saturday, February 24, 2018 during the 2018 Patron Feast/ Parents' Day Celebration of the school.
Laying the foundation block, Bishop Okoye commended the school management for their doggerness and efforts towards upgrading the existing facilities in the school to the give her students the best formation. He noted that the administrative block when completed would provide the teachers the required office space to prepare their teaching materials effectively. He said that the block at its completion would help the management to be more accountable with the documentation of her students' credentials for report purpose.
The administrative block, according to Bishop Okoye would make the business of administration and academics definite and effective. He maintained that students can easily be distracted from their studies with the current scenario in the school where the administrative affairs of the school run in the same structure with the academic affair.
Earlier in his homily, Bishop Okoye emphasized the important role which the church plays in the life of the youth through their school. He likened catholic formation to a spiritual bank that prepares one for future duties.
He extolled the Catholic mothers from Akpu and Umunze Deanery for coming up with plans and finance that led to the establishment of the school before handing it over to the diocese. He pointed out that the initiative of the mothers has helped in the positioning young girls who would become great mothers or Rev. Sisters in near future.
The Catholic prelate who admired the school environment, said that the vegetative nature of the school promotes academic learning, saying it was instrumental to the different trophies won by the students.
Also speaking, the School Manager, Rev. Fr. Paul Onyebuchi 1, said that the feast celebration was to appreciate God's love and goodness over the years. He thanked bishop Okoye for making extra effort to make the visit to the school a possibility by disregarding his already scheduled events. He explained the intention of the school managementin embarking on the project and pleaded with all to support the project. He revealed that the project when completed would add value to the school and enable teachers to function effectively.
The auxiliary Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye (Centre) poses with concelebrants at the 2018 feast/ Parents Day Celebration of Madonna Girls' Sec. Sch. Umunze. 7th right is the School Manager, Fr. Paul Onyebuchi 1.
In a remark, the chairman of the occasion, Mr. Okechukwu Maduka represented by his wife Mrs. Nkechi Maduka applauded the school initiative and noted that the administrative building would enhance the school administration. She called on Parents and other invited guests to donate towards the project.
In response to the call, the Catholic Women Organization of Akpu and Umunze Deaneries, School PTA and few invited guests donated to the project.
Fides gathered that the school still expects donation from other public spirited individuals to complement the donation made at the feast day, to achieve the school's desire of completing her administrative block in no distant future.