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Sunday school books ease teachers’ work

Ayyaz Gulzar, Karachi

Ayyaz Gulzar, Karachi

Updated: October 29, 2010 07:06 AM GMT
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Archbishop Evarist Pinto of Karachi releases two Sunday school books
Archbishop Evarist Pinto of Karachi releases two Sunday school books
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Two new publications launched by the Pakistan Sunday School Ministry aims to alleviate teachers’ workload. Archbishop Evarist Pinto of Karachi released Tofah (Gift) and Yasu (Jesus) the first two books printed by Rotti Press, the Church’s only printing press in Pakistan. Five thousand copies have been printed each for all dioceses nationwide. “The services of senior teachers in the Archdiocese of Karachi played a vital role in these publications,” said Father Saleh Diego, National Director of Catholic Sunday School Ministry, adding that teachers have has worked dedicatedly on the Bible stories and the weekly Sunday school lessons. The priest said the books are designed to help teachers easily understand their lessons with Bible-themed hymns, pictures and stories, along with prayers and other Church teachings. “This helps us with our lesson planning and makes classes more interesting,” said Eric John, a Sunday school teacher. According to Father Diego, although Sunday schools have been previously using Protestant Church books for lesson planning, they are not suitable because they lack Catholic elements such as the sacraments and saints. Compiling material for publication took three years. “We divided stories among the parishes in the Archdiocese, with teachers working in groups before finalizing the content,” said Benjamin William, Catholic Sunday School Ministry Program Coordinator, who added that two more books are being printed and will be launched soon. “The biggest challenge for the ministry is the lack of funds, but we are achieving things step by step,” Father Diego said. According to the Sunday School Ministry survey, there are about 145 Sunday schools run by 1,100 teachers in the Archdiocese, with 25,000 children attending weekly. Related reports Library helps youngsters to improve in English Indians given their first philosophy encyclopedia Kids spend school break in faith classes PA11767.1625

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