“Calls on Delegates to Engage in a Candid Discussion on Issues Affecting Education in the Diocese”
Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of the Diocese of Karonga, on 28th December, 2017, officially opened the 2017 Catholic Teachers Conference at Miracle Technical Institute in Karonga . This two-day conference runs from 28th to 29th December, 2017.
The conference, which has attracted over 60 participants, started with a Holy Mass at 8 am followed by an official opening ceremony. In his opening remarks, Bishop Mtumbuka welcomed and thanked all the teachers for coming to the conference. He urged the delegates to use the conference as an opportunity to grow in faith, personality and profession.
He also called on participants to discuss how the Diocese could better run its educational institutions considering that some of the schools she owns, both primary and secondary, are not doing very well. The Bishop lamented that it is always difficult for the Diocese to identify suitable people who could run the education institutions. To this effect, the Bishop challenged the teachers to propose people among themselves who could be appointed as head teachers of some Catholic primary and secondary schools.
On her part, Mrs Martha Chizumila, chairperson for the Catholic Teachers Association highlighted that the conference has given the teachers an opportunity to interact and contribute to the improvement of education standards. She also thanked the Bishop for his presence and continuous support to the association.
The conference has lined up a number of topics and presentations which include Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Education Policy, Family life and the Teaching profession, Professionalism in Teaching Career, Personal Finance Management, Management and Performance of Catholic Schools, and Mission and Identify of Catholic Teachers in Small Christian Community.