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Loyola School Building Opened At Jagir Pannur

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BELLARY, DEC. 12: It was a dream come true for the people of Pannur to have their own school in the village. The new school building was blessed and inaugurated Dec. 12 to the accompaniment of thunderous applause of hundreds of children and local villagers.

Bishop of Bellary Henry D’Souza blessed the building in the presence of Fr Stany D’Souza, the Jesuit Provincial and Rev Fr Francis D’Souza, the mission superior on a rain soaked day.

In his inaugural address Bishop stressed on the need of providing quality education to the rural children to usher in a social transformation.

Bishop D’Souza lauded the work being done by the Jesuits and thanked them for giving them three important services for their overall development as human beings and as Christians; namely the spiritual formation through the church, the health centre and now the school.

Fr Stany D’Souza the provincial dedicated the school for the people of Pannur and requested the people to benefit from the school for their children.

Mrs Dinah and Peter Findlay (England) cut the ribbon declaring the new building open and Ms Lenka (Slovakia) unveiled the plaque.

Both Dinah and Lenka are the generous contributors for the building along with staff and students of Heath Mount School, London.

Several deanery priests, the religious and hundreds of people from the neighboring villages made it to the function.

To respond to the menace of rampant child labour, school drop outs and child marriage the Jesuits began evening tuition centres and remedial coaching centres in several villages in the area.

The cattle grazing children began to benefit from these centres in the villages to learn some basic education.  Once they got the taste of education they began to request more.

The people in Pannur had been requesting for a school in their village. The Jesuits began the formal school in Pannur in 2012 in a small shed.

Encouraged by the response from the children and the parents the Jesuits thought of a new building. Foundation stone was laid in 2013 by the then Provincial Fr Francis Serrao in the presence of Fr Vijay Prabhu, the former superior.

Encouraged by the response from the villages, Arrupe hostel was also begun so that the children from the villages could be housed and taken care of. About 50 children from the villages stay in the hostel.

This year the Loyola Kapepalady School has reached 3rd standard and there are 270 students from 13 villages from in and around Pannur. Sr. Ida is the active headmistress of the school. 

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