Students of John Paul 11 Leadership and IT Academy in Blantyre have been advised to take responsibility of their institution infrastructure and learning materials if they are to remain true custodians of the school property.
The advice came from the institution’s principal, Brother Henry Ibrahim during the commemoration of the beatification of Pope John Paul the second as the school clocked two years since its opening.
“The institution was named after Pope John Paul the second because he had the youth at heart and so much love for the children, as such, it is expected of you students at this institution to be exemplary just as he was and avoid theft and vandalism of school property as it belongs to you,” said Ibrahim.
Father Anastanzio Sitolo, one of the guest speakers at the function, said education is the only key to success and youths need to prepare for the future by attaining good education so they become productive citizens of the country.
“There is no country that develops with lazy and uneducated people. The country needs educated and responsible youths who can make it a better place for all other people, as such, you need to put school first and refrain from alcohol and drug abuse as well as sexual relationships,” said Sitolo.
The event was spiced up with motivation talks, music performances, dances and a beauty pageant where the school’s two (male and female) ambassadors were chosen following parades in different dress codes.
According to Jacqueline Mpanyula, the institution’s registrar who was the event’s organising chairperson, this was the first time the school was celebrating its birthday having been opened on May 1 in 2011 and the celebrations marked a new chapter.