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Jesuits Open First Catholic School in Bangladesh

The New School will Prioritize Moral Values and High School Education in English at an International Level at a Relatively Low Cost.


Newsroom (19/08/2022 15:42, Gaudium Press) The English opened the St. Xavier’s International School, located in the Gazipur district near the capital city of Dhaka, Bangladesh, earlier this August. The educational institute, which already has 34 students, can accommodate around 600 students in its five-story building. The school’s slogan is “A fire that lights other fires“.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Oblate Archbishop Bejoy N. D’Cruze of Dhaka. On the occasion, Father Ripon Rozario, superior of the Bangladesh Jesuit Mission, pointed out that the religious order was slow to start its educational apostolate because missionaries could not establish themselves for political or geographical reasons.

Increase in the Number of Local Father Ripon Rozario

In the year 1600 the Jesuit Order built the first church in the country. The Jesuit missionaries returned in 1994, heeding the invitation of the Bishops of Bangladesh and settled permanently in the country, where they are now part of the province of Calcutta, India.

Also according to Father Rozario, the Jesuits have found a strong base in the country thanks to the increase in local priestly vocations. This increase has made the religious community stronger and now, as a way of expansion, they have started the educational apostolate in the country.

Moral Values Take Priority

The new school will prioritize moral values and high school education in English at an international level at a relatively low cost. According to Father Rozário, the proposal of St. Xavier’s International School is to provide quality education to students in rural areas.

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Currently, the Catholic Church has about 400,000 members spread over eight dioceses and runs a university, 10 colleges and more than 500 primary and secondary schools, providing education to about 100,000 students a year. (EPC)

Compiled by Florence MacDonald

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