Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:51 - Updated Wed, 26 Jun 2019 11:50
President delivers Catholic college keys
Lubango - The President of the Republic, João Lourenço, handed over last Saturday the keys of the Catholic school "Paula Fransinetti", ex-Middle Normal Institute of Education of Huíla, to the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Lubango, Father Maurício Kapembe, which provides for at least 750 pupils in primary and secondary education in the 2020 academic year.
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Huíla´s catholic college
Photo: Clemente dos Santos
The educational establishment, rehabilitated with public funds, was budgeted at 8.5 million US dollars. The structure, owned by the Catholic Church, was paralyzed for 10 years after serving the state for 25 years.
The school complex, located on the outskirts of Lubango City, includes 23 classrooms, five equipped laboratories, a nursery with six rooms and an auditorium with capacity for 150 people.
Occupying an area of ??29,000 square meters, it also houses a dormitory for the sisters of the congregation, for 10 people, and a chapel.
Speaking to ANGOP, the Archbishop Emeritus of Lubango, Bishop Zacarias Kamwenho, confessed that "the satisfaction is enormous", because it is a desire of the local church that drags on for many years.
"Let us say that the President, when he promises, he enforces it and, in fact, it will be materialised the great dream that the Catholic Church has always cherished, after the college has been almost abandoned and vandalized," he said.
According to the prelate, "many doors were knocked", but only the government agreed to keep the promise.
The project, under the management of the Doroteias Sisters, benefited from a work practically anew, as it was an 82-year-old building, inaugurated in July 1937. In 2015, a fire broke out that completely corroded the structure, which had already been abandoned.
Since 1980, the institution has hosted the Instituto Nacional de Educação da Huíla (INE), but since 2004, the Catholic Church has claimed its possession and was restored in 2008.
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