Children vaccinated against river blindness in a school in Ewoku. Ghana. Photo by Lynn Johnson for the National Geographic.
There is an Arabic proverb about Education that goes like this, “Seek education from the cradle to the grave.” This is very true indeed. I have seen some arguments and sentiments about whether attaining education in a secular or sacred institution make a difference in ones life. Well, I cannot speak for another but myself. But before that, fellow IGNITUM TODAY contributor, Anna Williams, has a superb piece on the issue of Catholic Education. I’ll love to borrow her quote here:
Education is defined more by the student than by the teacher, because what you bring into the classroom affects what you get out of it. If you bring faith into your secular studies, each realm can light up the other. History, literature, art, politics, philosophy — your faith gives you a new perspective on all these, and all these give you a new perspective on your faith.
Read her piece over here.
Now back to my own experience. First of all, I have NEVER attended any Catholic school/institution. I, like the above photo depicting some student in a public school in somewhere in my country Ghana, went to a public school most of my life. The public schools I attended were a bit better than those in the picture though :). Non of those public school were affiliated to any religious body. They were secular in nature but with many openness to the Divine.
The story changed when I got admitted to a private Methodist University. It’s for me the finest Christian school to pass through. That’s where I started to know what is and is not Catholic. I was challenged, provoked and forced to do some serious research on Catholicism and almost everything about my Catholic Faith. It was as though I was asleep until fellow student caused me to awake and think and know and act Catholic. I have covered this over here some months ago on IGNITUM TODAY. You can check it out at here.
Isn’t it quite ironic for the saintly Archbishop Fulton Sheen to say, “I tell my relatives and best friends, ‘If you want your children to fight for their faith, send them to public school. If you want them to lose their faith, send them to Catholic school.’”?
“Jesus is your friend. The Friend. With a human heart, like yours. With loving eyes that wept for Lazarus. And he loves you as much as he loved Lazarus.” Saint Josemaría Escrivá — Godwin Delali Adadzie is a Catholic living in Ghana, West Africa. A former smoker (Fish smoker now a Vegetarian) but still loves to drink a lot (of water). He attempts to blog at the Fair (HubBlogs with GADEL), the Good (Blessed Virgin our Mother Mary Immaculate), the Bad (GADEL Said What?) and the Ugly (Catholic Fiction: Responding to Myths & Half-Truths)