School Sisters of Notre Dame – Africa

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International Women’s Day Celebration

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International Women day on 8th March was marked at Notre Dame Children’s Outreach through sharing challenges and achievement women experience both socially, economically and politically. The theme for the year was also motivating “One Nation, One humanity inspiring change”.

We marked it in the Parish with students from various schools around like Ligisa, Angiro, Got Kado, St Josephine Bakhita and St. Francis, Kiptere secondary schools and John the Baptist and Shooting Star Academy. Others present were teachers and the Catholic Women Association. The event included sharing of prayers, talks on the girl child and women, the origin of the International Women’s Day, related poems and recitation, gifts and, of course, laughter.

The educative presentation like poem on the importance of educating the Girl Child and songs about equality gave motivation to girls and women and, hence to the general community, since women play very integral role in the development of community. At the end of the program, the Shalom/YCS club from St. Francis presented gifts of different kinds of clothing to the Notre Dame Children.

One of the poems that was read as a part of the program is called Education

Born free, from God’s holy dust we all came
Application we never made, equal we all are
Educate a girl, educate the whole world

A girl has leg to walk beyond the kitchen
A girl has eyes to see beyond the home
A girl had energy to fetch more than firewood
A girl has ability to carry more than water
Educate a girl, educate the whole world

Mathematics is not too poisonous to us
English is not too foreign to us
The sciences are not too strange to us
Educate a girl, educate the whole world

Management just requires skills not gender
Teaching just requires dedication not gender
Nursing just requires understanding not gender
Banking just requires accounting not gender
Educate a girl, educate the whole world

Parents, don’t discriminate a child, a child is a child!
Teachers support girls, a pupil is a pupil!
Employers give her a chance, a worker is a worker!
The electorates look for seriousness in an MP (Member of Parliament)
Educate a girl, educate the whole world

Beginning with an Opening prayer — with Abas Jared and Sister Comfort Anum.

Beginning with an Opening prayer — with Abas Jared and Sister Comfort Anum.

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Students from St. Francis School in Kiptere discuss during IWD.

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Girls from Josephine Bakhita School in group discussion.

Sister Gloria Adoga gives a vote of thanks at the end of the celebration.

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Kiptere Girls doing a presentation on SHALOM.

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Sister Rose Ngacha with some of the girls from Josephine Bakhita School

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Sister Lucy Etim accompanied the girls from St. Francis School in Kiptere.

Sister Gloria Adoga gives a vote of thanks at the end of the event.

Sister Gloria Adoga gives a vote of thanks at the end of the event.

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2 thoughts on “International Women’s Day Celebration

  1. This is really wonderful to see – SSND’s connecting their ministries and celebrating Shalom!

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