Mongu, 17 December, 2019 / 11:45 pm (ACI Africa).
At a recent two-day meeting attended by over 100 Catholic teachers in Zambia’s Diocese of Mongu, an alliance of Catholic Teachers Association for the Diocese of Mongu (CATADOM) has been formed to enhance the sharing of Catholic faith in institutions within the diocese.
“The aim for the formation of CATADOM was for Catholic teachers to make an impact of faith in their schools, communities, parishes and indeed the diocese of Mongu,” reads part of the Catholic teachers’ communique availed to ACI Africa Tuesday, December 17.
“The meeting aimed at bringing together all Catholics in education, be it those not yet and those in employment (and) retired teachers to realize their identity as Catholics in the diocese,” Mongu Diocesan Education Secretary, Fr. Wilfred Hodari told ACI Africa in an interview.
According to the diocesan cleric, the government took over most of the Catholic-sponsored schools, limiting the sharing of Catholic faith in the schools and watering down the Catholic identity in the institutions.
“Zambia missionaries built a lot of schools and at a certain point the government took them over,” Fr. Hodari said and added, “Even few schools that remained owned and run by the diocese as grant-aided remained under the pressure and authority of Provincial Education Officer (PEO) and District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) offices.”