Catholic Diocese train 50 religious education teachers
By Patrick N. Mensah, Maryland County
The Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas, Maryland County has trained 50 religious education teachers in various Catholic schools across Liberia.
The weeklong intensive training aimed at introducing them to modern techniques of teaching ahead of the commencement of the academic year 2021/2022.
The training, which ended Monday, September 20, 2021, in Harper, Maryland County, was organized by the Pastoral and Catechetical Department of the Diocese of Cape Palmas, following a recent revision and updating of the Catholics Religious Education Curriculum.
The Head of the Pastoral and Catechetical Department, Rev. Sr. Philomena Godfrey said, the exercise was necessary to equipping teachers with the necessary strategies and skills required to conduct religious education properly in the various schools.
“We have gathered the teachers to present them with this newly updated curriculum and to inform them of new teaching methods; and above all, their sole purpose in the Catholic schools,” Rev. Philomena stated.
“Their mission is to bring the children, the students to come to know, love, and serve Jesus.”
She stressed that some of the topics taught during the training were methodologies in teaching religious education, psychology of various age groups, teaching practicum, and counseling skills for teachers.
“As you know, teaching religious education is different from any other subject like Biology, Social Studies, and Geography. Religious education is mainly to bring the students to come to know and love Jesus, and to become responsible citizens,” she noted and hoped that the teachers will apply the skills learned.
The intensive weeklong training brought participants from five southeastern counties including Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, and the host county, Maryland.
Rev. Sr. Philomena thanked the Catholic Bishop Conference of America and Liberia (CABICOL) for funding the program along with collective support.
She also thanked the participants for the huge sacrifice noting, “It’s difficult to leave your families to travel on deplorable roads just to be part of the training.”
In response, the participants thanked Rev. Sr. Philomena Godfrey and the Catholic Church in Liberia for the training and pledged their commitment to adequately use the skills learned to enhance religious education in their respective schools.
The Catholic Diocese of Cape Palmas is operated dozens of schools in the Southeast name; Lady of Fatima, St. Francis, and Bishop Juwle in Maryland and Grand Gedeh counties, among others.https://thenewdawnliberia.com/catholic-church-delays-reopening/ Editing by Jonathan Browne