The deliberations and discussions over the past one year by the members of the Gujarat Education Board of Catholic Institutions to prepare a common Education Policy for our institutions in Gujarat State has finally seen the light of the day. The common search for a clearer vision, the redefining of the aims and objectives enabled us to see our schools as a beacons of hope for the students of all strata of society, specially the poor, the marginalised and the tribals : to offer them a better tomorrow. As the nation speeds away into new technologies, our schools must stand by the emerging peoples struggling to give their children basic good education. Our schools among such communities have proved that the students can compete with the so-called forward societies. However, in the midst of lowering of standards in civic and public life, the greater challenge to our education is to form citizens of character who will not succumb to the pressures of society but will stand for and uphold the moral and human values that are fast devalued.
Though, the GEBCI policy statement has taken up administrative points, our educationists must not lose sight to the vision and the aims and objectives that must guide the management and be the spirit in the administration of our institutions. I congratulate Fr. Royston Fernandes, Secretary of GEBCI, and all his committee members who have made this GEBCI policy statement possible.
But it will take all our spirit and endeavour to make our schools alive to the statement.
Bishop Stanislaus Fernandes