How to face today's challenges-Annual School Principals Meet 2024

How to face today's challenges-Annual School Principals Meet 2024

8 February 2024
- Fr Michael Makri Sdb

A three-day Annual School Principal's meet of Shillong Province was held from 5-7 February at Don Bosco School Agartala. Forty participants from all the Don Bosco schools of Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Silchar participated.

Father Babu Stephen, delegate for Education and Culture, welcomed all the participants and presented the report of the previous meeting held from 15-17 June 2023 at Siloam. Father John Zosiama, the Vice-Provincial, animated the first session on school ministry and its impact in the province.

On day two, the Provincial Paul Lyngkot addressed the various problems and struggles of the youth. A session by Mr. Jacob L. Shylla from St. Anthony's College Shillong on CUET spoke about how to prepare school students to appear for the test. His session on CUET opened up the minds to the different challenges faced by students and school management. Father James Thyrniang addressed the gathering on accounting, documentation, health insurance and province annual contribution. He highlighted the importance of proper documentation in all the settings.

Father Michael Makri from Don Bosco Media Network Shillong animated on Social Media in which he dealt with AI tools and the usefulness of ChatGPT in day-to-day school activities. It was an informative and educative session by Father Makri. A session by Father Saji Stephen on Education to Faith, catechism classes and training for teachers stressed the need for qualified and trained teachers in the schools.

Brother Regy spoke on the Bosco Olympics and its expenses and income and the need to have a 'common' uniform for all the schools in the province. Brother Regy exhorted every school principal to adhere to the norms and policies set by the province. 

Father Sunny spoke on the Salesian missionary animation. He highlighted the need to celebrate the Salesian missionary day in the schools, parishes and hostels every 11th of the month by reading the Caligero newsletter on Salesian Missionary animation, publishing news and photos concerning the Salesian Mission, and celebrating First Friday Mass in schools for catholic students and teachers to nurture and strengthen their faith formation.

The third day's programme began with the Holy Eucharist presided over by Father Provincial in the Parish Church, Agartala. Father Babu Stephen spoke about the forthcoming events in the province like NECDBS 2025, Mini Boscoree 2024 in the Province, School discipline, school activities, policies and programmes, teachers and student leaders training programme, the Scoutmasters and Guide Captains training sessions and contributions for DB Tech India.

Mr Kiran Kumar from Hembro Infotech and Extra Fullmarks spoke on new technology and infrastructures for making school education more relevant and up-to-date. The Provincial gave his concluding message appreciating all the principals for their dedication. He stressed the importance of accompanying the young in the schools and thanked Father Babu for coordinating the meeting.


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