By Gabriel Enogholase
AGAINST the backdrop of the decline of education quality in the country, the Catholic Church has been charged to rise up again and provide the direction in delivering wholistic education to Nigerians. President of the Association of Catholic Diocesan Directors/Secretaries of Education (NACDDED), Very Rev. Richard Omolade, who gave the charge in Benin at a National Conference of the association, said “we can no longer fold our arms and continue to watch the downward spiral of our educational system.
It is obvious that government at all levels have not been able to arrest the decline in education quality nor are they able to provide and deliver holistic education.
“The church must raise the flag again and provide direction to the nation. Catholic schools must be shown as the light through the dark tunnel and a beacon of hope for a collapsed system”
Rev. Father Omolade said that all hands must be on deck to ensure the restoration of Catholic identity in schools, saying that Catholic schools should not just be known by name or the presence of Priests and sisters in the schools, it must have a feel of Catholicity, felt by all and must be allowed to diffuse itself far and wide.
“Research throughout the world reveal that Catholic schools provide a credible alternative for parents looking for quality education for their children. What sets Catholic schools apart from other schools is not the number of students with distinction but the ethos that have been inculcated in these students along with the strong character formation that they have gained that equips them for positive contributions as members of their communities.” The theme of the Conference: “The Restoration and Sustenance of Catholic identity in Our Schools” was delivered by an educationist, Prof. Michael Ogunu.