Sister Jamuna Magdeline Gomes, CSC, gathers with some of her students on sports day at Moreau Holy Cross School in Bhadun, Bangladesh.

Educating children in Bangladesh

“We do believe our teaching will help to bring a change in our lives and society.” These are the words of Sister Jamuna Magdeline Gomes, CSC, headmistress of the Moreau Holy Cross School in Bhadun, Bangladesh. This primary school for girls and boys opened in January 2015 and is experiencing great success. Enrollment is growing, and plans are being realized to expand the number of grades the school will offer.

This year Moreau Holy Cross School will receive Ministry With the Poor funds to help pay teacher salaries, and for the expenses of parent meetings and an educational tour for the students. Government funding will pay for books, and a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters is providing furniture and equipment.

What’s most important, said Sister Jamuna, is that “students are having regular classes [that include teaching of ] moral values. A coeducational system in a Muslim country helps the students to respect one another and will help eradicate gender discrimination. We also are creating different opportunities to develop leadership, talents and skills.”

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