By Tare Youdeowei
In its bid to enhance girl child education in morals and academics, St. Maria Goretti Old Girls Association, SMAGOGA, is set to hold its Annual General Meeting on November 21, at See Events Centre, KM 29/30 Lekki Epe Expressway.
Speaking at a press briefing to announce the meeting, the National President of the Association, Dame Victoria Ekhomu, enthused that the focus of the meeting is to return the school to its former glory by giving back, return the school to the Catholic Mission and raise funds to provide scholarship for indigent pupils in the school. “We are focused on girl child education and giving back to our Alma Mata, St. Maria Goretti Girls Grammar School. We want to return the school to its former glory.
“We have been giving scholarships but at the AGM the national body is going to launch the Scholarship Fund, thereby soliciting for more funds for indigent students who are deserving and excelling in their education but do not have the funds to complete their school, as well as register them for WAEC, to ensure they are not denied education. The AGM is also for the purpose of working towards returning the school to the mission.
“A school is not just about the buildings and infrastructure; it is also about the quality of teachers, the quality of students, their performance in external examinations, morals and reputation. When Rev. Sister Henrietta Power was principal she ensured we were well rounded, spiritually, academically and morally. That is what we want reinstated in the school. We want a situation where we can send our children to the school, right now our children are not there because of the fallen standard of the school.”
First national president of the Association and Chairman Guaranty Trust Bank, Mrs Osaretin Demuren reiterated SMAGOGA’s goals thus; “government is trying but it is not enough.
Religious authorities handle the moral values of the people. We should not get to the stage where we say we do not need religion in schools and society. Whether Muslim or Christian, mission schools are to help instil the right moral values in children and country.”
Enunciating added focus of the body, President, Lagos Branch, Stella Avbuluimen said, “we are also into charity. We visit the less privileged. We have contributed money to build an old people’s home. This year Lagos branch raised 1milllion for an old people’s home project. We are about trust, integrity, hard work and discipline. We also have a welfare committee set up to assist members of the association not just the school.”