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Education

Education

The apostolate of education is a heritage CMC has inherited from her founder fathers. CMC entered the education field of Kerala informally in 1867 keeping aglow the vision of St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara, who opens the portals of education to the church in Kerala. The guidance of Fr. Leopold Beccaro OCD, the co-founder of CMC was also a constant source of inspiration for her while working in this field. Each and every sister is obliged to dedicate herself whole-heartedly for the uplift of the people especially women and children.

 

A blind person who lacks the light in his eyes doesnt see anything. In the same way, without knowledge we remain ignorant of God and the heavenly things. A person who doesnt have eyes is visually blind and a man without education is spiritually blind (Complete Works of St. Chavara Vol. IV p. 129).
 

St. Chavara dreamt about the possible transformation that education can bring about in individuals, families and the society at large. As a result he planned and shaped a number of educational activities. His adventurous steps to educate the low class people with the upper class were indeed an invocation to the educational attempts in Kerala.


It was St. Chavara, who initiated schools in connection with the parish church. He also introduced the noon meal programme, Sanskrit School for the children of the common man etc. He was a man of insight and became conscious of the decisive role of education in enlightening the society. He envisaged an abode of virtues for raising the standard of oppressed women. This vision came true in the formation of CMC. He realised the importance of good role models in moulding dynamic women and the religious. As a result Edukkumdats for girl children were begun. He advised the sisters to look after the education and character formation of these girls. He reminds us in the Testament of a Loving Father, as soon as the children come to the age of reason they must be sent to school. Besides, parents should be enquiring whether and how the children study and behave and who their companions are. Their studies should be tested every Sunday.     
 

CMC has gone far in the field of education gathering strength and inspiration from the great vision of her founder fathers. We have generously set apart our human and material resources for progress in this field.

 

Initial Foundations in the field of Education
 

Sl. No.

Year of Foundation

Place

Name of the School

1.

1867

Koonammavu

St. Josephs School

2.

1889

Mutholy

St. Josephs School

3.

1892

Vaikom

St. Josephs School

4.

1893

Changanachery

St. Josephs School

5.

1895

Arakkuzha

St. Josephs School

6.

1898

Pulimkunnu

Amalolbhava LP School

7.

1899

Karuktty

St. Josephs School

8.

1900

Ollur

St. Marys School

9.

1905

Manaloor

St. Theresas School

10.

1909

Vynthala

St. Josephs School

11.

1910

Paravoor

At. Aloysious School

12.

1911

Chengal

St. Josephs School

13.

1913

Edathuruthy

St. Annes School


 

Characteristic Features of the Mission of CMC Education

 

         Faith Formation

         Integral Personality Development

         Value based Education

         Women Empowerment

         Through Children to Families

         Social Commitment

         Culture of Peace

         Concern for the Poor and Marginalized

         Faithfulness to the Teachings of the Church and its Education Policy

         Dignity of Life

         Service to the Society

         Mature vision of Life

Apostolate of Education

From the beginning, education has been our chosen field of apostolate. It is not just a profession but a sacred call, a great apostolate through which we participate in the teaching mission of the Church. Our aim, in the pursuit of academic and professional excellence, should be the total formation of the human person as much for her/his own enrichment as for the service of the society and the nation

in the spirit of Christ. Therefore we must be eager to impart, along with technical and scientific knowledge, the redeeming light of wisdom to meet God the eternal truth. We began our ministry of education imbibing the vision of St Kuriakose Elias Chavara who started schools attached to all the churches, realizing that “without removing ignorance, the seed and the seedlings of holy people will not be formed.”107

 The future of a person is affected mostly by the experiences and the training one receives in his/ her infancy and childhood. Realizing the importance of laying the foundation for Christian formation at these levels, sisters should take special interest to impart education to children at Nursery and Primary levels and Superiors must encourage and appoint them for the same.

 It is our serious responsibility to impart convictions and values in an appealing and acceptable manner to the youth of today. They are led astray by becoming preys to all sorts of violence and bad habits without finding any meaning in life due to deep loneliness and lack of love. This demands our growing awareness of their world, their language, their hopes, etc. and we have to change our strategy and approach to guide them in their quest for real happiness and fulfillment and enable them to participate in the building up of the community and of the nation. The exhortation of   Pope St  John Paul II, “The consecrated should not alienate themselves from the schools and common fields of education because of the crisis and other difficulties they face in thisfield”108 should inspire us to work with zeal in this field.

Educational Institutions

Schools and colleges are the most important platforms to mould the future of many generations. It is through these ‘abodes of knowledge’109 that we have to radiate the gospel values. With the awareness that we are called to give the good news of the Kingdom to all, we should impart quality education to all especially to the poor and the marginalized to empower them.

Our educational institutions are to be transformed into temples transmitting the presence of God and family spirit. We should cultivate truth and justice and foster the spirit of cooperation and communion in the school/college community. We must always remain faithful in our efforts to convert our fields of education into ideal venues of social change as well as Christian formation without being concerned about name and fame.

 

Our Educational Institutions should always maintain the identity of Catholic education by exercising our right and responsibility in proclaiming the Gospel and in imparting formation according to Christian values, although there are children of different castes and creeds.

CMC Educational Institutions

 

Institutions

No. of Institutions

Arts & Science Colleges

004

Training Colleges

002

Parallel Colleges

010

Training Schools

006

Higher Secondary Schools - Aided

008

Higher Secondary Schools - Unaided

019

Higher Secondary Schools - CBSE

010

Higher Secondary Schools - ICSE

001

High Schools - Aided

032

High Schools - Unaided

038

High Schools - CBSE

012

High Schools - ICSE

009

UP Schools - Aided

031

UP Schools - Unaided

033

UP Schools - CBSE

014

UP Schools - ICSE

013

LP School - Aided

053

LP School - Unaided

060

LP School - CBSE

022

LP School - ICSE

016

Nursery Schools

201

Nursery Schools - CBSE

030

Nursery Schools - ICSE

019

Technical Schools - Aided

002

Technical Schools - Unaided

018