Recoletos brand of education revolutionizes school programs in Sierra Leone

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Kamalo, SIERRA LEONE – “Transition creates tension” summarized how Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo, OAR, head of the Augustinian Recollect Mission in Sierra Leone and local prior of the Recoletos de Kamalo community, saw the stakeholders’ initial reactions to the educational climate change introduced by the Recoletos friars in their school apostolate here.

As the new school year opened last September, the Recoletos-run St. Paul School (SPS), under the directorship of Fray Jess Marco Sanchez, OAR, proudly displayed and brought into play its new slogan, “One School, One Family, One Heart.”

Fray Castillo said that the slogan intends to reinforce the understanding of the school as a good place not just for learning but also for the sense of belonging.

Starting SY 2018-19, SPS caters already to all school levels of Basic Education, from pre-primary to senior secondary. And its standard, which has always been “top of the line” as Fray Sanchez proudly described it, is continuously raised not just in terms of its physical plant (such as the recent completion of the Pre-School Building, fence, modern toilet system, water facilities, and the school pavilion) but also including other equally important areas of the school operation.

Fray Jess Marco Sanchez, OAR, School Director of St. Paul School in Kamalo, West Africa.

“Now students from all levels can better feel the familial atmosphere. They gather daily as one family for the recitation of prayers, singing of the national anthem, and listening to the announcements,” Fray Castillo noted. “And this is a first in the history of Sanda Loko (a chiefdom in Bombali District where Kamalo belongs), or maybe of the country,” he added.

“However, the numerous developments that had been implemented caused some negative reactions from the parents, teachers, and students,” Fray Castillo recounted, identifying the two highly criticized innovations implemented by the administration, namely, the construction of a more sanitary flush toilet system and the imposition of “time rules” at the school gate.

“These are the things that they have not encountered nor seen before. They are used to the unsanitary pit latrines, and also to doing their daily chores according to the mood of the sun,” Fray Castillo said.

“But, right after the PTA (Parent Teacher Association) meeting, everybody realized that everything was meant for the integral development of their children.” One parent even commented that these, as quoted by Fray Castillo, “are new things that will prepare our children towards a very challenging globalized world.”

Furthermore, the newly-constructed Pre-School Building was blessed just last October 29, 2018 by Fray Castillo.

Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo, OAR, head of the OAR mission in Sierra Leone and prior of Recoletos de Kamalo blessed the newly constructed classrooms of St. Paul School.

“The construction of the school building was made possible through the efforts of the Order of the Augustinian Recollects – Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno, the OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) of Sierra Leone, and the local contributors,” he said.

But payment for the so-called “teacher’s incentives” and other related financial needs are met through the consistent contribution of the eponymous St. Paul the Apostle Parish and those of the parents themselves, he also said.

Fray Castillo also pointed out that the pre-school introduced a “heart-set” in their apostolate, an alternative to the cultural “mind-set” of the people that, among others, treats children as the least in the community. The children are the last to eat in a communal gathering, and their daily life normally consists of more work with practically no time for play or leisure. Recoletos Education rides on the current bandwagon of gradually eradicating the dark side of some practices so that the community as a whole can move forward towards a better future.

Some of pre-school pupils of SPS.

“And this made the people realize that the future of Sierra Leone lies in the hands of their children,” Fray Castillo said.

His last updates: “It is very heartwarming to see, on a daily basis, parents sending their small, happy kids to class wearing their clean and complete uniform, with their bags, juice bottles, and lunch packs. It is also notable that majority of the pre-schoolers enrolled at SPS are Catholic.”

The future of Sierra Leone: the young Sierra Leonians.

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Fray Jose Ernil Almayo, OAR

Fray Jose Ernil Almayo, OAR

Fray Jose Ernil F. Almayo, OAR, is currently the Provincial Secretary of the St. Ezekiel Moreno Province and Chairman of the Commission on Communications and Publications-Recoletos

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    Sis. Mary Grace Morales, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
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    Ms. Brenda Saliendra, Sister General of the OAR

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    52nd INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS
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    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE & SOLEMN PROFESSION
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    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1985-2021)
    Fray Dionisio Selma (Prior Provincial)

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    51st FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY
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    OAR STORY LECTURE SERIES / 8:00-12:00 A.M. / via Zoom & FB accounts
    “The Birth of the Augustinian Recollection”
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    PATRONAL FIESTA MASS @ SNTP-DALIAO, KAOHSIUNG CITY, TAIWAN
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    (1998-2021)
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    Fray Charlito Orobia
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    Fray Jonathan Caballero

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    Presider: Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos, OAR

    PAPAL VISIT TO HUNGARY & SLOVAKIA
    September 12-15, 2021

    DAY 1: ROME – BUDAPEST – BRATISLAVA

    06:00Departure by airplane from

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    THE REPUBLIC AND THE PRIME MINISTER at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

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    DAY 2:  BRATISLAVA

    09:15WELCOME CEREMONY at the Presidential

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    09:30    COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC in the “Golden Hall” of the Presidential Palace in Bratislava
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    Sis. Aida Lopez, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Azela Kilayko, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Robert John Navarro (RAY-Miranila)
    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez, Brother General of the Order

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    Fray Dionisio Cachero (1970-2021)

    PRESBYTERAL ANNIVERSARY
    (1997-2021)
    Fray Jose Ernil Almayo

    FIRST DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Fray Emilio Larlar Jr. [Attention! Recoletos de Provincialate Community: cf. Add. Code
    94ª: “When a brother dies, whether a novice or professed, the community to which he
    belongs will celebrate … Mass on the first anniversary of his death.”]

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    PAPAL VISIT TO HUNGARY & SLOVAKIA

    DAY 3: BRATISLAVA – KOŠICE – PREŠOV – KOŠICE – BRATISLAVA
    Departure by airplane for Košice

    08:10
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    10:30     BYZANTINE DIVINE LITURGY OF SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM PRESIDED BY THE HOLY FATHER in the square of the Mestská športová hala in Prešov
    16:00     MEETING WITH THE ROMA COMMUNITY at Luník IX district in Košice
    17:00     MEETING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE at Lokomotiva Stadium in Košice
    18:30     Departure by airplane for Bratislava
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    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Ma. Lourdes Piccio, AR Sr. Floramae Lanuza, AR
    Sis. Catalina Marzon, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Rizalina Poblete, SAR (Cavite Chapter)

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    PAPAL VISIT TO HUNGARY & SLOVAKIA

    DAY 4: BRATISLAVA – ŠAŠTIN – BRATISLAVA – ROME
    10:00    HOLY MASS at the National Shrine in Šaštin
    13:30    FAREWELL CEREMONY at Bratislava International Airport
    13:45     Departure by airplane for Rome
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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Anthony Morillo
    Fray James Bumangabang
    Sis. Leonida Tejada, SAR (Provincialate Chapter)
    Sis. Patria Laguna, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Beah Marie Ganarias (RAY-Bacolod)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Lolita Jara, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    +Sis. Josefina Villa, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    108th ANNIVERSARY
    OF RELIGIOSAS FAMILIAS

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan
    Fray Robin Ross Plata
    Sr. Mary Ann Lumactao, AR
    Bro. Nestor Paredes, SAR (Puerto Princesa Chapter)
    Bro. Almario de la Cerna, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Angeles Gabutina, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
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    Julia Tamsi (RAY-Baguio)
    Most Rev. Socrates Mesiona, D.D. (Apostolic Vicariate of Puerto Princesa)

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    OAR STORY LECTURE SERIES / 9:00-12:00 A.M. / via Zoom & FB accounts
    “The Recollect Contributions to Philippine Culture and Society”

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Henry Santiago
    Sr. Ma. Ruth Gulane, AR
    Sis. Mary Ann Cabanes, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Demetria Bayona, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sis. Josefina Tampus, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Lourdes Donayre, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

     

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    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE SICK (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    FEAST – ST. ALONSO DE OROZCO

    3rd ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARRIVAL OF THE
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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Joseph Philip Trayvilla
    Fray Joel Alve

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Nena Labrague, AR
    Sr. Kristine Ignacio, AR
    Sis. Normita Pleno, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Corazon Catindig, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Estella Marie Andador (RAY-Talisay)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Sis. Carmencita Estillore, SAR (Baguio Chapter)
    Sis. Estewrlita Alao, SAR (Laray Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Isabel Pantoja, AR
    +Sr. Salvacion Olalo, AR
    +Sr. Ma. Susana Quiñones, AR
    +Sis. Aquilina Gonzales, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    BIRTHDAY

    Sr. Marietta Angelica Gunayan, AR
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    Sis. Luzonica del Rosario, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Pilar Gomez, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    Lebron Jay Bantog (RAY-Valencia)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Vicente Ramon, Jr.
    Sis. Julia Sonsona, SAR (Tondo Chapter)

    ANNIVERSAY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    Most Rev. Roberto Gaa (Bishop of the Diocese of Novaliches)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Sebastiana Jaropojop, AR
    +Sr. Agustina Salcedo, AR
    +Sis. Florencia Velarde, SAR (Manila Chapter)

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    September 24, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Bernadita Campos, SAR (Tondo Chapter)
    Sis. Dinah Espino, SAR (Talisay Chapter)
    Sugarrey Rendajae (RAY-Talisay)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (1967-2021)
    Fray Emeterio Buñao

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    September 25, 2021

    OAR STORY LECTURE SERIES / 9:00-12:00 A.M. / via Zoom & FB accounts
    “The Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno”

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lucita Mingueto, OAR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Esperanza Heffler, AR

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    September 26, 2021

    107th WORLD DAY OF MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
    Theme: Towards an Ever Wider “We”

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Concesa da Silva, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)
    Sis. Ma. Lourdes Mirasol, SAR (Bacolod Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Socorro Ladim, SAR (Antipolo Chapter)

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    September 27, 2021

    2021 WORLD TOURISM DAY
    (cf. Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Rafaela Paras, AR
    Sr. Damiana Tafalla, AR
    Sr. Ma. Melodina Ramirez, AR
    Sis. Estrella Buelo, SAR (Manila Chapter)
    Sis. Teresa Fuertes, SAR (Cavite Chapter)
    Sis. Rosita Lacao, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Susan Manalon, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Ruth Miralles, SAR (Inagawan Chapter)
    Sis. Encarnacion Cinco, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:
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    September 28, 2021

    PRAYER INTENTION: FOR THE MISSION (cf. LAMP I,5c)

    BLESSED MARTYRS OF JAPAN

    ANNIVERSARY OF EPISCOPAL ORDINATION
    Bp. Peter Liu of Kaohsiung (Taiwan) [1994-2021]

    BIRTHDAY
    Sis. Salome Mapili, SAR (Valencia Chapter)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sr. Iluminada Apurillo, AR

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    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Roderick Deguit
    Sis. Mercedita Macabihag, SAR (San Carlos Chapter)
    Rodelin Oredina (RAY-Talisay)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    +Sis. Maria Acuña, SAR (Cebu Chapter)
    +Sis. Elvira Birondo, SAR (Talisay Chapter)

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    September 30, 2021

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ferdinand Fornilos
    Sr. Crisanta Lerios, AR
    Sis. Teresita Labos, SAR (Cebu Chapter)

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2017-2021)
    Fray Invenzor Melgazo
    Fray Jayferson Baldelovar
    Fray Mark Saludes

  

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