Dimapur, May 28: The Commission for Education, Diocese of Kohima (CEDOK), acknowledged and felicitated the Rank holders and Subject toppers of all major subjects of HSLC and HSSLC examination from Catholic Schools, at Holy Cross Auditorium, Dimapur, on the theme “Let the flame of success you lit continue to glow in your life”, on May 26. Most Rev. Dr. Gerald John Mathias, Bishop of Lucknow and Chairman for Laity Commission CCBI, Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Chairman, Commission for Education, Diocese of Kohima and Mr. Charles Nosazol, Additional Development Commissioner, Govt. of Nagaland graced the occasion as Special Guests.
In the ceremony, rank holders and subject toppers from different Catholic schools were felicitated.
In his speech Most Rev. Dr. Gerald John Mathias appreciated the students for their success. He congratulated the Commission for organizing the award ceremony for the excellence in academic field. While congratulating the recipients of the award he acknowledged the teachers who were mentors of the successful students.
He further quoted Nelson Mandela saying “Education is the most powerful weapon of the world” and encouraged the educators. He added that Education transforms each individual to grow in all works of life. The societal transformation is the result of individual transformation. He hinted on the need for transformation.
He also said that educating the mind without educating the heart is not worth.
Quoting St. Francis de Sales, Bishop Gerald said that, “The heart of education is the education of the heart”. Therefore, the transformation of the heart makes a person with character. Bishop further elucidated the CCBI aim of education Policy in India that is to form future men and women with Character, Complete, Compassionate and Commitment.
Earlier bishop James Thoppil, the Chairman of CEDOK addressed the gathering and briefed about the contribution of the Catholic schools in Nagaland. He noted the contribution of the Catholic Church and Schools in Nagaland. He recalled that teachers are to be acknowledged and recognized.
He further exhorted the toppers to develop the attitude of giving for the service received from the schools. Bishop James in his Presidential address expressed his deep appreciation and gratitude to all the students for bringing good results to the catholic schools.
The CEDOK also awarded selected teachers from Catholic Schools on the occasion for their committed and meritorious service in the field of education.
Charles Nosalzol, Additional Development Commissioner while speaking on the occasion expressed the joy of success brought by the children to themselves, school, teachers and the parents. He exhorted the students to put God first and be humble.
He reminded the students to be grateful to the Teachers and parents. He challenged the students to preserver to continue for the future achievements and to focus. While congratulating the teachers’ awardees he put forward some points to be pondered as teachers that are to be optimist in spite of the difficulties to guide the students ahead in the future and to dedicate their service in the field of education. He presented awards to the subject toppers.
Benrithung L Jungio, 1st Rank Holder of HSSLC from Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Wokha, spoke on behalf of the recipients of the award. In his speech he acknowledged the unfailing graces and blessing of God who is the source of all success. He thanked the CEDOK for the initiative of acknowledging the successful students from the Catholic School.
The awardees, both students and teachers were given besides cash award, a certificate of merit. Students from St. Anthony’s School, Tenyiphe, St. Mary’s Hr. Sec. School, Padampukuri and Carmel Hr. Secondary School, 4th Mile, Dimapur, performed steps and motions during the facilitation. (Page News Service)