Catholic Schools and the Interests of the Poor

by Maria Ugonna Rita Igbo



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/26/2023

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 206
ISBN : 9798823015240
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 206
ISBN : 9798823015233
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 206
ISBN : 9798823015226

About the Book

The inspiration behind this book emanated from earlier doctoral research that focused on the preferential option for the poor. Subsequent reflections focused more on the idea of religious schools subsidizing fees for poor children. The question is, How can the schools get the funding to offer free education or subsidize fees for the children? How does this reflect on each school’s mission integrity? These questions have preoccupied the thoughts of the author for a long period. The Catholic schools in Nigeria are categorized as private schools and are perceived to be expensive. However, people who have these views can hardly understand that most Catholic schools in Nigeria do not receive subsidies from the government at all levels, in contrast to the schools in countries such as Belgium, Germany, New Zealand, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, and Ireland, where Catholic schools receive significant support from public funds. The argument for the high fees is that lay teachers have to be well paid to enable them to function effectively and selflessly. There is also the need for an efficient supply of quality educational facilities and maintenance of school infrastructure. Therefore, if Catholic schools are expensive, the Church will be failing in its duty to offer educational services to the poor and to those who suffer from deprivation. These issues have been carefully analysed and dealt with in this book, and some suggestions are proffered that can help the schools to maintain their mission integrity in dealing with the principle of the preferential option for the poor. This book beseeches Catholic school board members, other Christian denominations and religious organizations, non-governmental organizations, philanthropists, individuals, and other interested parties to come to the aid of the poor by using education as an instrument.

About the Author

Reverend Sister Maria Ugonna Rita Igbo is a Sister of the Order of Daughters of Divine Love. She has always shown interest in how to address the plight of the poor right from her teenage years. Her love for the less privileged propelled her vocational choice, where she has been exhibiting self-sacrifice, while promoting the love of Christ. She believes strongly in using education as an instrument to address poverty in the lives of poor individuals. In an attempt to address this in her way, she delved into research on the subject of, the ‘Preferential Option for the Poor’. This research earned her a doctorate from the Institute of Education, University College London, and these efforts are the core of this book, titled, Catholic Schools and the Interests of the Poor. She is equally a holder of Masters of Arts (MA) Degree in Renaissance and Romantic Literature from the University of Liverpool, England, and a Bachelor of Arts (BAED) Degree in Education/English from Abia State University, Uturu, Nigeria. All these academic attainments laid the foundation of her conquest as a Religious Sister. She resides in Abuja, Federal Capital Territory in Nigeria, and is currently the Principal of Regina Pacis College, a Catholic Secondary Institution for girls, where she promotes humanity in the service of the Lord.