Archdiocese of Lahore holds declamation at St Anthony’s
LAHORE The Catholic Board of Education, Archdiocese of Lahore, held its first inter-school English public speaking contest at Saint Anthony’s High School. Students from nine schools participated and spoke on the theme of ‘Television does more harm than good’.
Senator Dr Khalid Ranjah was the chief guest and Saleema Hashmi, Faryal Ali Gauhar and Nayyar Ali Shah were the judges. The Archbishop of Lahore Dr Lawrence J Saldanha was also present.
Mavish Waqar of the Convent of Jesus and Mary (Lahore) won first-prize. Mydha Tariq of St Anthony’s (Faisal Town campus) and Shaleem David of St Joseph’s High School (Gujranwala) stood 2nd and 3rd respectively. Students of the Convent of Jesus and Mary Lahore won the overall popularity trophy.
Addressing the students, Archbishop Saldanha said the board was running over 140 schools in the archdiocese, the majority of which were Urdu Medium and set up in the remote areas of the city. He said over 30,000 children were receiving cheap but high quality education, regardless of caste, colour or creed. “We believe in ‘equal rights and equal opportunities for all’”, the archbishop said.
Addressing the ceremony, Dr Ranjha recollected his days at Saint Anthony’s High School and said he was proud to be an old ‘Anthonian’.
He praised the board for imparting quality education, with a ‘missionary spirit’ to poor children, adding that he hoped the archbishop would continue his efforts in scope of the project. staff report