Expansion at Brothers' school in Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria

Date: 20 Feb 2014

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The Bishop of Bauchi, Most Rev. Malachy John Goltok, has blessed a new multipurpose hall and 3-classroom block at Presentation Brothers’ Secondary School in Tafawa Balewa, Nigeria. The new facility has been provided by the Presentation Brothers with funding assistance from Misean Cara in Ireland. The new Blessed Edmund Rice Hall can accommodate some 500 students and the block includes a computer lab named after Bishop John Moore SMA, the first bishop of Bauchi diocese and the Irishman who invited the Presentation Brothers to Nigeria. A section of the building also houses a new science laboratory named after the school's first principal, Brother John Guinane.  

“This new facility will help us to provide high quality education to disadvantaged children in this area,” according to Brother Bernard Gazire, the school principal.

“We are here in Bauchi as partners with all the local stakeholders in providing high quality education,” he added.

Brother Bernard, a native of Ghana, also appealed to the Ministry for Education, the school’s Parents & Teachers Association, and all prominent citizens to come to the aid of the school in providing hostels for boys and girls, a water borehole and additional teaching and learning materials.

Bishop Goltok prayed that the students who use the facility will achieve their best potential, not only educationally but also spiritually, physically and socially.  He called on the students to be disciplined in their studies and their spiritual life.

The new classroom block also includes an art studio named after Bishop Goltok.

The ceremony was also attended by Brother Rupert (Anthony) O’Sullivan, the Deputy Congregation Leader, and Brother Denis Claivaz from the Congregation Leadership Team. They thanked Misean Cara and the Bishop of the diocese for their financial contributions towards the project.  “Good buildings alone do not make a good school,” Brother Rupert said. “I encourage students and teachers to be committed to the process of teaching and learning in a manner that reflects God’s love for humanity.”

The Honourable Commissioner for Education in Bauchi State was also represented at the event and assured the school of the support of the Government of Bauchi in achieving good quality education for the citizens of Nigeria.

Thanks to Brother Bernard for the report and photos and best wishes with the new project!