Faisalabad (Agenzia Fides) - In the Pakistani diocese of Faisalabad, during the Jubilee of Mercy, the special "Year of Education" has begun. As reported to Fides, in the solemn opening ceremony, which took place on February 6 in the Cathedral in Faisalabad, His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Arshad, Bishop of Faisalabad, formally announced the opening and read a statement of intent which explains its goal: to make it possible for every child to have access to education.
The celebration was attended by students from different schools in Faisalabad. Through speeches and testimonies about the role of parents, teachers and students, the importance of education was reiterated.
Professor Anjum James Paul, President of the "All Pakistan Minorities Teachers Association", pointed out that education is a basic need and a right for every child: "Education gives the courage to fight against social discrimination".
Mgr Joseph Arshad said: "Education is extremely important for the Christian community: there are many obstacles such as poverty, unemployment, social mentality and discrimination: we must work together to remove these obstacles". "Education - he continued - is like food for the person. Through education one not only obtains diplomas and qualifications, but becomes a better person".
The Bishop launched appeals to priests and to all the local community to organize programs and initiatives in this field, taking concrete measures to support the needy students. The diocese of Faisalabad will coordinate these projects through a specific Council for Education and lifelong learning. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 16/02/2016)